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The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners
I need your help to inform me of such losses.
|In Loving Memory of
January 7, 2006
Partner: WPD Narcotics Detective Chris Sallee
Wickenburg Police Department
155 N. Tegner St. #C.
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
|It was with sadness last week that the
Wickenburg Police Department (WPD) said goodbye to Taylor the drug dog,
a trusted and loved member of the force.
Taylor died of cancer on Saturday (Jan. 7) at the Wickenburg Veterinary Clinic. He was 10-years-old.
Taylor was a member of the WPD for the past eight years and was going to officially retire in early 2006. He was a nationally recognized certified narcotic canine and had an impact on the police department as well as many in the community.
His handler, WPD Narcotics Detective Chris Sallee was with Taylor when he died. Sallee expressed sadness for the loss of his closest companion.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with such an intelligent, loyal and amazing dog who is not only my partner but my best friend,” Sallee wrote in a memo to WPD Chief Tony Melendez. “Taylor has warmed my heart and he gave more than 100 percent every day to me and to this department.”
Sallee said that Taylor located several million dollars worth of illegal drugs as well as several hundred thousand dollars in U.S. currency while on the job.
“It will be a lot quieter in my patrol car now without Taylor, but his spirit will always be with me,” Sallee said. “I know that Taylor not only enjoyed coming to work, but he loved his job. He loved going to all the schools. I will never forget him or the memories we have shared in the past eight years.”
The police department is planning a memorial dedication for Taylor in the near future.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
|In Loving Memory of
January 11, 2006
Montgomery County Sheriff
Facts about aflatoxins
* Aflatoxins are naturally occurring toxins that are metabolic byproducts of fungi, Aspergillus flavus, and Aspergillus parasiticus, which grow on many food crops under favorable conditions.
* Aflatoxin is an mycotoxin literally means poison from a fungi and are named on the basis of the fungus that produces them, thus “Aflatoxin” uses the “A” for Aspergillus and “fla” for the species “flavus” along with the word toxin.
* Adverse impact on animal and human health with acute toxicological effects such as liver damage and cancer can occur.
* The major types of aflatoxins are B1, B2, G1, G2, and M1, with aflatoxin B1 being the most toxic, and usually predominant. Aflatoxin B1 is a very potent carcinogen to humans and animals.
* Aflatoxins can invade the food supply at anytime during production, processing, transport or storage.
* Conditions that contribute to fungal growth and the production of aflatoxins are: a hot and humid climate, kernel moisture, favorable substrate characteristics, and factors that decrease the host plant’s immunity (insect damage, poor fertilization, and drought).
* Food and food crops most prone to contamination are corn and corn products, cottonseed, peanuts and peanut products, tree nuts (pistachio nuts, pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts) and milk.
Aflatoxicosis and health effects
Aflatoxicosis is a condition that results from ingestion of aflatoxin-contaminated food or feed. It is primarily a hepatic disease affecting animals and humans.In animals the condition occurs worldwide. The condition can be found on animals worldwide. The health impact is usually only seen in third world countries, and there have not been any cases of aflatoxicosis reported in the United States.
Tainted Food May Have Killed Police Dog