Loving Memory of
April 1, 2003
have some information on the Military Working Dog Nero
you have posted on your site. I was the Kennel Master
in Kuwait in charge of the dogs. Nero and his handler
worked for me for 3 months. I just wanted to fill in
some missing information: Nero Die on 1 April 2003
Kuwaiti time. Kuwait is about 7 hours ahead of the east
coast. The handler of Nero was SSgt Kelly Bales. The
team was deployed to Kuwait from Tinker AFB, OK. I have
provided a picture of a filed cross we put out in front
of the kennel. There is a K9 Nero tribute on my
organizations web page.
you have any other questions please feel free to email.
It is with sympathy, I announce the passing of one of
our own on April 1st. Although a K-9, I've have the
opportunity to see NERO in action many times at the
search pit. His main job was to provide early detection
on explosives in the event the 'bad' guy attempted to
bring onto the compound. Nero searched many people, equipment and vehicles while
assigned her. In just two months, he and his partner
would have transferred to South Korea for another tour.
NERO was working at Kuwait City International Airport,
the major land port where airplanes bring troops and
equipment into the country. He wasn't feeling good and
they rushed him to Camp Doha where the local vet works.
After several hours of emergency surgery, they were
unable to save NERO.
cause of death was bloat. His spleen knotted up. After
further review, the vet found cancer had struck and all
were amazed he was still working. This just goes to show
how hard these dogs work for their country and will work
till the end.
You know there is some
history to the name NERO. A
dog named NERO on Christmas Eve, 1966 while working post
with his handler alerted and they sounded the alarm to
help stop an infiltration of Tan Sa Nut AB during the
Vietnam War. NERO was wounded along with his handler.
NERO was brought back to the States and used for the
recruiting of dogs. He lost his eye.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Loving Memory of
October 3, 2003
Officer Jeff Herro
New Berlin Police Department
Public Safety Building
ph: 262 782 6640
13600 West National Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151
- Nutz the police dog drew national attention three years ago when he
scared off a would-be burglar at a kennel, then rewarded himself by
raiding a nearby Waukesha Sentry store and feasting on a $30 rib roast.
Police Nutz and his handler, New Berlin Police Officer Jeff Herro, visit
with Sentry Foods customers after his misadventure in 2000. The German
shepherd, an eight-year veteran of the New Berlin Police Department, is
also being remembered by officers as a strong force in narcotics
investigations, having sniffed out close to $100,000 in drugs and money
during his service. Nutz died Oct. 3 after his handler, Officer Jeff
Herro, took him to an emergency veterinarian the evening of Oct. 2 with
stomach torsion, a condition in which a dog's stomach twists, cutting
off blood flow. According to police, surgery was performed at 2 a.m.,
but after Herro later consulted with the department's regular
veterinarian, it was determined that Nutz's condition would not
improve. "Jeff then made the decision of letting his partner go at
5:45 a.m. so he wouldn't suffer anymore," Sgt. Joe Volz said in a
statement about Nutz's death. The Police Department recently finished
a community fund-raising effort to replace the department's two aging
K-9 Unit dogs, Nutz and another German shepherd, Niko. About $20,000 was
raised - more than enough to purchase two dogs. In a coincidence Volz
called "bittersweet," the new dog, Bac, finished his obedience and
tracking training on the same day Nutz died. Nutz gained notoriety in
March 2000 when at age 8, he scared off an intruder at a pet motel where
he had been staying while Herro was on vacation. New Berlin's police
dogs live with their handlers, who continuously train and care for the
dogs. After thwarting a robbery at Best Care Pet Motel in Waukesha,
Nutz escaped from the kennel and made his way to the Fox Run Sentry
grocery store nearly 2 miles away. Nutz bolted through a delivery door
and ran straight to the meat counter, where he was caught on store
security cameras munching on the pricey roast. Chased off by store
workers and a deliveryman, Nutz was later found about a mile away. The
dog made national news after his adventure and also appeared on the
television news magazine show
Nutz "had the delicate nose that could pick out the best cut
of meat from the butcher shop display," Volz said in the statement,
alluding to the Sentry incident. But Volz and Police Chief Gary Blunt
said New Berlin police will also remember Nutz for more than his 15
minutes of fame. "He was a
beautiful animal," Blunt said. "He really was a nice size, and he was a
very intelligent dog, from what I remember working on the street with
him." Volz said dog-handlers such as Herro develop a strong, emotional
bond with their canines, and that for Herro, letting his partner go was
"one of the hardest (decisions) he will ever have to make." "He goes to
work with you, sleeps at the foot of your bed and puts in countless
hours of training with you," Volz said. "You basically spend more time
with this animal than you do with any other member of your family." New
Berlin's new police dog, Bac, will be introduced to the community on
Tuesday during a 7 p.m. Common Council meeting at New Berlin's City
Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive. Wisconsin.
submitted by Jim Cortina
In Loving Memory
November 4, 2003
Snohomish Sheriff Office
3000 Rockefeller, M/S 606
4th Floor, Courthouse
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: (425) 771-0200
Wayward WA K-9 is Euthanized; A Sad Story
Edmonds, Washington - 11/5/2003 - SEATTLE TIMESA
longtime police dog with a reputation for biting innocent people was
euthanized last night. Nico, an 8-year-old German shepherd, was removed
from its handler Oct. 24 and quarantined by the Snohomish County
Sheriff's Office. On Oct. 23, the dog had escaped from a backyard kennel
at Edmonds Police Officer Linda Binkley's house in Marysville and
attacked a jogger, said Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman
Jan Jorgensen. Binkley was not home at the time and is not being
disciplined, Stern said. Jorgensen said the female jogger sustained
substantial injuries to her legs, shoulder and back. The jogger was the
fifth person Nico had bitten disobediently since 1997. Stern said
yesterday that he decided to euthanize Nico after the dog's veterinarian
said the animal was likely to continue to attack innocent victims.
Jorgensen said Nico's routine quarantine ended last night. Stern said
yesterday he expected the dog to be euthanized immediately afterward.
Joe Bennett, an attorney representing two of the five dog-bite victims,
has filed claims with the city of Edmonds disclosing his intention to
file civil lawsuits on behalf of his clients. When Bennett heard that
Nico was being destroyed, he angrily said that the dog was "erratic" and
the department should have addressed its biting well before the most
recent attack. Edmonds Police Chief David Stern said yesterday he could
not respond to Bennett's complaint because the incidents are likely to
be the subject of legal action. In April 1997, Nico bit a 10-year-old
girl outside Binkley's former Everett home after the officer briefly
left the dog unsupervised, according to an Everett police report. In
January 2000, Nico bit Lynnwood police Officer Al Correa's leg instead
of a fleeing suspect. Binkley and Nico had been called in to help
Correa. Bennett said that in April 2000, Nico bit a 15-year-old
Marysville girl in the thigh as she was walking through Binkley's new
neighborhood in Marysville. Binkley was with the dog in her front yard
at the time. The girl, who is now 19, has filed a claim with the city
saying she intends to sue. In March 2001, Nico bit Edmonds Community
College student Adam Taylor 10 times in his legs as he tried to turn in
a term paper. Taylor, who suffered permanent scarring, had no idea
police were doing a training exercise on campus, Bennett said. Taylor
filed a claim with the city at the end of 2001. "These were accidents
waiting to happen," Bennett said. Monroe police Sgt. Eduardo "Ed" Jany
said yesterday that he and his police dog, Chico, have trained with Nico
and Binkley. "I've never seen anything that would send up a red flag
with that dog,"
said. submitted by
Jim Cortina -- no more info on this sad story.
In Loving Memory
Handler: Deputy Gooler badge #935
711 G . St. - Sacramento, CA 95814
CA K9 Nero
Dies After Rollover During Pursuit Dateline: Sacramento -
12/28/2003 - SACRAMENTO BEE
5-year-old German shepherd working as a police dog with the
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, was killed in a
accident early Saturday during the pursuit of a stolen car.
Sgt. Lou Fatur said Nero was in a patrol car with his deputy
sheriff partner, who apparently lost control of the car around
12:45 p.m. near Marysville and Elkhorn boulevards in Rio Linda.
Fatur said the vehicle rolled over several times, and Nero was
ejected. The deputy, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained
minor injuries and was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center.
Nero was taken to an emergency veterinarian but later died.
Fatur said the name of the veteran officer involved in the
accident is being withheld. "He's really upset over this,"
Fatur said. Nero had been with the Sheriff's Department and his
partner for more than four years. Fatur said a memorial service
for Nero is planned. Nero at the Western States Police Canine
local law enforcement gathered Wednesday to honor a K-9 officer
killed while on duty.
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department paid respects Wednesday
to "Nero" -- a 5-year-old German shepherd. Nero was killed 10
days ago, when a patrol car rolled over on the way to a call.
"They're one of the most important, next to our officers,
programs we have. When you lose one, it's like losing a member
of your family," said Sheriff Lou Blanas. Nero had been with the
Sacramento Sheriff's Department since 1999. The deputy he was
assigned to survived the accident with only minor injuries.
submitted by Jim
Cortina,Dir. CPWDA & Carrie
Huntington Park Police
6542 Miles Ave.
Park, CA 902555-4386
another police service dog the other night. It happened suddenly while
the handler and dog were at work. The dog collapsed and stopped
breathing. We are not sure why yet. The dog had not had any previous
medical history of concern. The handler, Senior Officer Mac Marin,
started CPR and I drove him to the veterinary hospital. We arrived
quickly, but the doctors were not able to bring him back. Niko was only
a 7 years old German Sheppard. He was the most experienced dog we had.
NIKO is a German Sheppard selected for our department and imported to
this country from Germany. NIKO was currently trained for patrol
services and in narcotics detection. He will be sorely missed.
Sgt. Neal Mongan
Huntington Park PD
Police Canine Officers Association
P.O. Box 1027
Huntington Park, CA
March 24, 2003
Sgt. Mike Parrish
Chambers County Sheriff's Department
Lafayette Street - Lafayette, AL 36862
visiting students - - -
funeral services K-9 Narco 3/27/03
County Sheriff's Department K-9
killed in the line of duty
By From staff
reports - Valley Times
Lafayette -- The
Chambers County Sheriff's Department reported this morning that it
received a call around 12:30 CST Monday from a man who owns property in
the Post Oak Fork community in a rural area of the northern section of
the county. He said that he'd observed a pickup truck in a wooded area
behind an old country home that's used as a hunting camp. He reported a
strong chemical odor at the home site, a sheriff's department official
said. Sheriff's deputies, including Sgt. Mike Parrish and K-9 partner
Narco, and Chambers County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force officers
responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, three men attempted to flee.
Parrish instructed them to halt, and when they refused to do so, he
released Narco in an attempt to apprehend them. It has been reported
that one of the suspects, who has been identified as David Franklin
Cotney, 30, of Valley, fired a 12-gauge shotgun killing the canine
officer. He then attempted to turn the weapon on Parrish before being
subdued and taken into custody. The sheriff's department reported that
the two other suspects fled into the woods and reported that officers
from several law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area. The
spokesman reported that a helicopter was requested and dispatched from
the Alabama Bureau of Investigation Aviation Unit to perform an air
search and reported K-9 tracking units were sent from the Lee County
Sheriff's Department and the Opelika Police Department to aid local law
enforcement agencies in the ground search. He said that tracking dogs
located a second suspect, who was covered with leaves and limbs in a
brush thicket cover in an attempt to evade discovery by the helicopter
unit. Allen Lee Nelson, 34, of Valley was then taken into custody. Law
enforcement officials learned the identity of the third suspect,
Jonathan Boyd Weldon, 26, of Lanett who was spotted in Valley later that
day and was recognized as one of the suspects. The Valley Police
Department was notified, and following a high-speed chase that ended in
the Cleveland Road area, Weldon fled and eluded capture. The sheriff's
department took him into custody at a residence in the West Point Lake
community of Booger Hollow. All three suspects are currently
incarcerated at the Chambers County Detention Center and face charges of
killing a police dog, attempted murder and unlawful manufacture of a
controlled substance first degree. A spokesman reported that an illegal
drug lab was located behind the old home site. A sheriff's department
spokesman said funeral and memorial services for Narco will be held
sometime on Thursday, March 27.
drug dog Narco's memory
By From staff
Staff Writer March
26, 2003 10:34 AM EST
DuWayne Bridges honored the memory of a Chambers County drug dog killed
Monday in the line of duty. The dog, named Narco, was a community
favorite, beloved of children and senior citizens throughout the area.
He was killed when a suspect shot him during a successful drug raid in a
rural area in northeast Chambers County. "All of us who had been around
Narco loved him and were saddened to hear of this tragedy," Rep. Bridges
said. "It's most important, though, to recognize the sacrifices that are
made by the men and women who work so hard to keep the scourge of drugs
off our streets. The gunshot that took Narco could easily have done the
same to a Sheriff's deputy or a police officer. I am pleased that the
three individuals were captured and will be brought to justice." Rep.
Bridges said he's pleased that a ceremony will be held Thursday to honor
Narco's service to the community. "Since
I will be unable to be present
when the service takes place," said Bridges, "I wanted to let the men
and women of the Chambers County Sheriff's Department. I want everyone
in law enforcement to know that I respect and honor them and their
efforts to protect
three K-9 officers and handlers shown above attended
Thursday’s graveside service of the Chambers County
Sheriff’s Department’s fallen comrade, Narco. The Lee
County K-9 Unit, the Opelika Police Department K-9 Unit,
the Phoenix City K-9 Unit and a Military Police K-9 Unit
were among those attending the service.
(Photo -Anne lenn-Holliday)
In Loving Memory of
Handler: Officer Kevin Canady
Kinston Police Department
P.O. Box 339/301 E. King St.
Kinston, NC 28502
K9 partner injured on duty - June 07,
2003 Karen McConkey Staff Writer
Law enforcement officers will vow that
covering your partner's back is an unspoken code of the police
brotherhood. Kinston K9
Officer Kevin Canady and his partner, Ringo, learned firsthand how
strong the brotherhood bond is. Ringo fought off an attacking pit bull
while Canady was searching for a shooting suspect's weapon in the 300
block of North Adkin Street. "He was trying to protect me, the other
officer and himself," Canady said while scratching the ears of his
four-legged partner. Canady and Ringo were scouring a block
of Adkin Street, looking for a weapon police believed was involved in
an 11:35 p.m. shooting of 20-year-old Aaron Eugene Landers of 816 E.
Gordon St. After questioning residents
about loose or possibly dangerous dogs, Canady took Ringo to the
backyard of a house where the shooting suspect, 19-year-old James Lee
Ivan Walls, had been arrested about 2 a.m. in connection with shooting
While in the backyard, a pit
bull next door lunged at Canady and Ringo, broke down the fence
and attacked the K9. The pit bull was chained in its owner's backyard,
but the chain was long enough to allow the pit bull to go through the
fence, Canady said. "I tried to separate the two dogs,"
Canady said. "When I couldn't pull them apart, I shot the pit bull."
Ringo's injury was minor. Dr. Ray Randall is treating him for the bite
wound and making sure the energetic dog has no other injuries.
On Monday, it was
back to the beat as usual, as far as Ringo was concerned. "He's wide open," Canady said.
Ringo is a 3
½-year-old Belgian Malinois. He arrived in Kinston in June 2003.
He replaced K9 Officer Neri
who died three months earlier during surgery for a chest infection.
Kinston Public Safety Chief
Greg Smith commended Ringo for his bravery.
"He stood his own against a 100-pound
pit bull," Smith said. "We're proud of him."
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA