Loving Memory of
Handler: Cpl. Erin
Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department
E Main St
Gatos, CA 95030 Ph: (408) 354-8600
people lose a pet, it is often a heart-wrenching event. But when Eddy the
K9 died suddenly last week,
Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Cpl. Erin Lunford lost not only his dog, but
also his longtime partner.
who was purchased by the police department in June 2001, was the second
German shepherd to join the K9 unit. He and Lunford were patrol partners
until last August, when Eddy was given an early retirement. "Age-wise,
he would have been ready to retire pretty soon," Lunford said. "But there
were other things in the department I wanted to do, so I asked if
he could retire (early)." Lunford added, "In the last year he slowed
down a lot. But we had no idea he had any problems." Eddy died Nov.
19 after collapsing while playing fetch. "My wife threw the ball twice,
and he came back and sat down. I threw it one more time and he fell over
when he got to the ball. His breathing was really bad." Lunford rushed
him to an emergency veterinary hospital in Campbell, where he died at around
10:45 p.m. "He was my partner. He was there when I needed him," Lunford
said. "He'd only complain if I didn't take him to work. Then my wife
would call and say he was tearing up the yard because he was mad at me.
He lived to work." Ironically, just hours before Eddy died, the Los
Gatos Town Council agreed to let Lunford purchase him for $1. Lunford says
since Eddy did not die in the line of duty, there will not be a police
memorial. Instead, he and his family will mark Eddy's passing privately.
submitted by Lulu & Jim
officer Erin Lunford and "Eddy" in a file photo.... (George Sakkestad/Los
Loving Memory of
police drug dog dies - Endy was close to retirement
police spent Thursday remembering one of their own. Endy, the Police Department's
seven-year-old veteran K-9 officer, died Thursday, just weeks before his
scheduled retirement. The Belgian Malinois dog born in Germany died unexpectedly.
He'd been recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia. "Endy specialized in narcotics
intervention and apprehension and excelled in both," Lt. Paul Leonard said
Thursday. "Endy will be remembered by many schoolchildren from his trips
to area schools and the demonstration of his abilities. All that had the
pleasure to work with him will miss him." The police department used a
$7,000 donation from resident Bob Green, owner of PEMCO Naval Engineering
Works in Pascagoula, to buy the beloved police dog. Over the years, Endy
and his handler, Sgt. Shannon Massey, went on drug searches, working with
the Pascagoula Police Department as well as other South Mississippi law
enforcement agencies to seize illegal narcotics and catch suspected criminals.
Endy and Massey have been credited over the years with making numerous
drug seizures and suspect apprehensions. Massey was at home with his family
Thursday and not available for comment.
spoke on Massey's behalf, saying, "Endy was an integral part of his (Massey's)
family, and he'll be missed at their home." Endy was brought to the United
States as a puppy. He was purchased in Laurel and later trained in police
K-9 work at a training center in Hattiesburg. Local businesses paid the
costs to train Endy. "We'll miss him," said Leonard.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Constable Kayne Cording
Bay of Plenty Police
- NEW ZEALAND
- (07) 349-9444 - FAX (07) 343-1606
- pictured training with Constable David Hill, tracked
the suspect across rural land for 5-6km before his death.
dog dies during pursuit of wanted man In THE LINE OF DUTY:
dog Enzo was reportedly drowned after pursuing a man through dense bush
in the Bay of Plenty.
are tonight hunting a man after a Bay of Plenty police dog died while chasing
the man into bush. The death of three-year-old Enzo came two weeks after
Cane, one of the country's top police dogs, suffered a savage knife attack
near Rotorua. Cane has since been retired. Today's death came after police
tried to arrest a man wanted on a warrant for a family violence offence.
Enzo's handler, his family and work colleagues were distraught over the
death, Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Mike Clement said.
Mr Clement said police went to an address on State Highway 29, 20km south
of Tauranga, about 9.30am to try to find the wanted man. "As they arrived
at the address he ran into nearby bush and the police dog team was then
called to assist. "The dog tracked the offender for 5-6km across rural
land in places through dense bush and eventually, the offender was sighted."
Police challenged the man to stop but he ran into nearby bush pursued by
the police dog. "A short time later the handler located his dog dead,"
Mr Clement said. "Enzo was carried from the bush by his handler over several
hundred metres to the nearest vehicle access." Police have not said how
the dog died but TV One reported that it drowned. Police took a man into
custody at about 5.30 pm. "Enzo, who has been an operational police dog
for 18 months in Tauranga, was considered to be an outstanding police dog
and naturally his handler, family and work colleagues are distraught about
the tragic death," Mr Clement said. Enzo was the 22nd police dog to have
been killed on duty in the past 34 years, he said. The Police Department
operates 110 general purpose dog teams throughout the country. A 20-year-old
man will appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow, police said.
dog's killer convicted 12/19/07 New Zealand
dog Enzo's killer was convicted today, to the delight of the dog's former
handler and family. Tairyn Murphy, a 27-year-old labourer, was convicted
in Tauranga District Court of killing the police dog without lawful excuse,
an offence punishable by up to two years' jail. Murphy was remanded in
custody to be sentenced on January 15. Enzo died on August 9 when police
went to a Bay of Plenty property looking for Murphy who was wanted for
family violence offences. Murphy was tracked by Enzo and his handler Constable
Kayne Cording for a considerable distance before Enzo was released when
they were close to Murphy. "However, Enzo - who caught him - was drowned
by Murphy before Constable Cording could intervene," Western Bay of Plenty
area commander Inspector Mike Clement said today. Murphy maintained he
had punched Enzo in self defence but this explanation was not accepted
at the time or by the court, Mr Clement said. "Constable Cording and his
family were devastated at the time when they lost Enzo - a family member
and mate. "Constable Cording, who gave evidence during the
hearing, was joined in court by members of his family, including his wife,
and were naturally thrilled with the result." Mr Clement said Mr Cording
had been busy since Enzo's death, working with a replacement dog and training
a puppy. Enzo was honoured at a service to remember deceased police officers,
held at the Royal New Zealand Police College in September. He was the 22nd
police dog killed on duty in the past 34 years.
jailed for killing police dog 1/14/08 New Zealand
CUT SHORT: Police dog Enzo who was killed while on duty.
Murphy, 27, a Welcome Bay labourer, was also sentenced to one month in
prison for resisting police,
term he will serve concurrently. Judge Christopher Harding said the deliberate
drowning of three year old Enzo
during a large manhunt in the lower Kaimai Ranges last August had had a
significant effect not only on the dog's handler, but on his wife and young
children as well as on Western Bay of Plenty police members.
Kayne Cording was given permission to read his victim impact report aloud
in court. As he told of the "exceptional" young police dog, Murphy repeatedly
looked and grinned at his partner and son seated in the public gallery.On
entering the dock he had pushed back a long sleeve to reveal a bandaged
lower arm. Constable
Cording said all the time and effort he had put into training Enzo had
been wasted by Murphy's actions. He was now training a new dog which required
him to spend two months away from his family.
Enzo's death the constable said he had been removed from the armed offenders
squad at a loss of
$9000 a year in income. The killing of Enzo had been "unnecessary, senseless
and deliberate" and had
caused him much soul searching about whether to take on another dog. Murphy's
said his client was remorseful and felt very badly about the dog dying.
The offence was out of character for a man with no significant history
of violent behaviour. Enzo had bitten the fleeing Murphy on both wrists
and an ankle but he did not set out deliberately to kill the dog, Mr Dutch
down sentence, Judge Harding summed up the events leading to the death.
Police had visited an address in the lower Kaimais on August 9 last year
to talk to Murphy about outstanding warrants. He
out a window and fled into the bush. Enzo and his handler were brought
in for what turned out
be an extensive search by a large number of police officers over several
hours. Constable Cording
sight of Enzo in dense bush after releasing him on the fugitive's heels.
The dog's body was found two
hours later submerged in a stream and wedged under a rock. Judge Harding
said Murphy's explanation
that he punched the dog twice and it fell, dazed, was completely inconsistent
veterinary pathologist's findings that Enzo died from drowning. Murphy
and his partner called
you" to each other as he was led from the crowded courtroom to the cells
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA