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K9 Ice – South San Francisco, California

Died – 5/31/17
Handler – Officer D’Souza

South San Francisco PD loses beloved member, retired K9 named Ice

On Wednesday afternoon the South San Francisco announced in a Facebook post, the passing of their retired police K9, Ice. Her name stems from he light hint of icy blue in her coat. Ice was a Belgian Malinois, and was the first one of her kind and only the third female K9 certified at the South San Francisco Police Department. From 2003 to 2010, Ice’s mainly worked with K9 handler D’Souza, retiring to the D’Souza family after Officer D’Souza was promoted to Corporal. Ice’s accomplishments were immense. As a certified Narcotics and Protection trained Police K9, she helped make many arrests. During her appearance in the Western States Canine Trials, she was “well respected by her fellow competitors”. Ice received the Agitators Choice Award for incredible work as a police K9. Ice’s work ethic and outstanding training will never be forgotten. She will be missed the South San Francisco Police Department family.

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.