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K9 Tundra – Jasper, Missouri

Died – 2/15/17
Handler – Cpl. Matt Smith

Jasper County Mourns K9 Tundra

K9 Tundra, a 5 year-old Weimaraner, who faithfully served the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 due a large tumor that grew in her esophagus and stomach. The tumor was discovered during a recent exam after K9 Tundra had lost a significant amount of weight. The tumor would not have allowed her to have a good quality of life. K9 Tundra had trained with the best of the best over the last several years, including trainers from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals and the ATF. She also trained with various local and state agencies. K9 Tundra was trained in explosive detection, as well as trailing people and searching for evidentiary items. K9 Tundra, was partnered with Cpl. Matt Smith for the past 3 years and was very protective. She was not only Cpl. Smith’s partner, but she was his friend and family. K9 Tundra will be greatly missed by her department, family, and all who knew her. Her dedication to law enforcement and service to her community will never be forgotten.

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.