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K9 Dasty – Arlington, Massachusetts

Arlington Police K-9 Dasty Passes Away

He was tough on the job and worked with former President Barack Obama; in 2015 he helped track down the gun from a shooting near Thorndike Park and he was as fan of children at fairs and school events. But on Sunday, a veteran of the Arlington Police Department passed away after a brief battle with cancer, the department announced today. The 12-year-old German Shepherd named Dasty came to the United States from the Czech Republic and had been with the Arlington Police Department for his entire working life, according to a press release by police. And almost any child who went through the Arlington Public School System for the past decade would have met or seen Dasty, as he spent regular time there with students and conducting demonstrations every year at Town Day and the Health, Recreation and Cops Summer Camp. Dasty even made appearances on TV’s Animal Planet. “Dasty was more than just a K-9, he was my partner, and he was a terrific one at that,” said Officer Mike Hogan who was paired with Dasty. “Together, we tackled numerous cases, but more importantly, we interacted with the community and developed relationships with residents that will be remembered for many, many years to come.” Throughout his career, Dasty responded to more than 600 calls for service, assisted in more than 40 felony arrests and was involved in 117 narcotic and evidence seizures including more than $100,000 in cash, as well as large seizures of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and several firearms, according to a press release. In 2015, Dasty was the member of the Arlington Police department who found the gun used in a shooting near Thorndike Field. He caught a robbery suspect in East Arlington in 2011, and tracked a burglary suspect from Beverly Road all the way to Mystic Valley Parkway near River Street in 2007, before catching him. “Dasty was just as comfortable rolling over for middle school students as he was chasing down a suspect or locating an illegal firearm at a crime scene,” Chief Frederick Ryan said in a statement. “He was everything we expect out of a police officer, and he will be greatly missed not only by the Arlington Police Department but also by the community as a whole.” Dasty the K-9 didn’t just help Arlington Police officers. He assisted the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in the seizure of two kilograms of heroin, and, in 2016, Dasty was responsible for the seizure of $48,000 in drug money. In 2013, Dasty was assigned to the Presidential Security Detail in Boston during President Barack Obama’s visit after the Boston Marathon Bombings. He also assisted with the search for the bombing suspects in Watertown. Also in 2013, he worked security during the Red Sox World Series victory and parade, according to a press release. he department is currently planning a tribute for Dasty and will release details when they are available.

Submitted By Jim Cortina

James A. Cortina has been involved with police dogs since 1972 and currently on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. Jim has been appointed as Treasurer since its inception in 1991. Jim is one of the charter members of the C.P.W.D.A. organization. Since 1975 he has been a certified professional dog trainer and received his Master Trainer Certification in 1985. During his career he has provided armed K-9 strike crowd control for security agencies in Connecticut and out of state security companies. In conjunction with other members of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. Board of Directors, he helped to draft Connecticut Statute 53-247(e) "Intentional Injury or Killing of Police K-9" which was passed by the Senate in 1993 and also assisted in implementing the prestigious Daniel Wasson Memorial K-9 Award in 1992. In 1993 he helped coordinate the North American Police Work Dog Association Nationals in New London, Connecticut. He was appointed Training Director for the New London County Work Dog Association from 1985-1987. He performed decoy work for Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. in police K-9 demonstrations, trained several local police department canines, and coordinated training workshops for out-of-state police departments. He participated in the United States Police K-9 Association Trials in Croton on Hudson, New York in 1985 as a decoy. He is an avid photographer and received photography awards in 1989, 1990, and 1991 and currently takes photographs for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc.