In Loving Memory
September 9, 1999
K9 Max was shot
and killed as he and his handler searched a 640-acre compound that had
been sold at auction after the owner had failed to pay taxes. The
compound's owner was the leader a religious separatist group that used
As the deputies cleared the compound they were confronted by the man,
who opened fire on them with a .223 caliber rifle.
K9 Max was severely wounded while his handler was critically wounded.
The subject was was eventually arrested and convicted of shooting Max's
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
Dog Dies After Biting Into Drug
December 1, 1999
Deputy Ernest Borrego
Santa Fe County
S#35 CAMINO JUSTICIA
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
N.M. (AP) -- A drug-sniffing police dog died after biting into a bag of
methamphetamine. Max, a
4-year-old German shepherd, was going through a
training exercise Monday when he stuck his head into an unlocked
contained the drugs at the La Cienega Fire Department. ``Before anybody
could react, he put his head
in and bit it, and then he spit it out,'' Santa
Fe County Undersheriff Benjie Montano said. But the dog either ingested
inhaled too strong a dose and died shortly after arriving at a
``It's a big loss for the department,'' Montano said. ``We have to train for
reality, and we have those risks in real life.''
The dog's handler is
devastated, the undersheriff said, adding, ``It's like a loss of a family
Max loss his life
in the line of duty
to an accidental overdose of amphetamines.
Missed by family & friends
Thank you Deputy,
for calling me, I feel your
loss. Now Sgt.
Borrego and has K9 Ajax