In Loving Memory of
10, 2000- January 23, 2008
Officer Daniel Jones
DC Metropolitan Police Department
was put to rest January 23, 2008 after suddenly becoming neurologically
impaired. The root of his illness was found to be stomach cancer and tumors
of the spleen. K-9 Dusty was the loyal partner of DC’s Metropolitan Police Department’s
Officer Daniel Jones for 5 good years. He was an exceptional patrol and
narcotic detection dog serving the Washington, DC area beginning June 7,
2002. This canine team proudly certified each year in service with a Triple
Crown from USPCA, Region 3 certification trials and also notably took first
place in the region’s Narcotic Detector Trial on April 23, 2006. Officer
Jones had the greatest of confidence in his K-9 partner and knew that Dusty
would always bring
his A-game to any situation they faced. K-9 Dusty gave no apparent signs of his illness and worked wholeheartedly up
until his body could not perform anymore. The bond between K-9 Dusty and
Officer Jones was immeasurable, his memory will long live on.
In Loving Memory of
K9 SAM DIESEL
K-9 Officer Sara Movahedi
Mulberry Police Department
104 S. Church Avenue
Mulberry, FL 33860
Mulberry Police Dog Dies in Hot Car -
Cruiser's air conditioning fails, dooming 2-year-old German shepherd.By
Jeremy Maready THE LEDGER
A Mulberry police dog left in a patrol car died Monday after the car's air
conditioning compressor failed. POLICE DOG SAM DIESEL is shown last October
with Mulberry Police K-9 Officer Sara Movahedi when a fund drive paid for
the dog. He died
Monday in a very hot patrol car.
Mulberry Police Offered New K-9, Help
Police Dog's Tragic Death Leads To Check of Policies, Equipment
Mulberry Police Dog Dies When Patrol Car AC Fails
Mulberry Police Chief Lawrence Cavallaro said the dog, named Sam Diesel,
died from the heat. The 2-year-old German shepherd had been in the car for
more than an hour, although it wasn't clear Monday exactly how long he was
in the car or when the air conditioning failed. The Mulberry department
purchased the dog in October after Wal-Mart employees from 10 stores in Polk
and Hillsborough counties donated about $12,625. Diesel's handler, Officer
Sara Movahedi, was working inside the police station Monday afternoon and
left the dog in the car with the air conditioning running. Cavallaro said
keeping the dog in the patrol car with the air conditioning running is
standard procedure and done routinely. When Movahedi returned to the
car about 3:50 p.m. to answer a call she found that Diesel had died and the
car's air vents were blowing hot air. Cavallaro said Movahedi wasn't
at fault in the incident.However, Cavallaro said, "A periodic check (on the
dog) would have helped. We're learning a hard lesson by it."
Movahedi's patrol car, a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, was awaiting the
installation of a heat alarm, which could have alerted Movahedi to the
danger. A heat alarm, triggered when the temperature inside the car reaches
a certain level, sounds the car's horn and sends a page to the officer's
electronic pager. Movahedi was assigned the Crown Victoria less than a month
ago and it had a new compressor and a cage had been installed, Cavallaro
said. The department had the alarm system on order. "She's a good
handler," Cavallaro said of Movahedi, who has worked with the department for
two years. "She just had some bad luck there." Movahedi was not available for comment.
K9 DIXIE SAR
December 31, 2008
Handler: Duane Brock
Tennessee Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One (TN-TF1)
Tennessee Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One
I recieved a report about the passing of one
of our search canines, Dixie, today from Dan McManus, the SC-TF1 Director:
“It is with great sadness I report to you that Dixie, one of the State US&R
Team’s four service dogs, died December 31st, 2008, due to an
intestinal failure. Sadly, our 8 year old canine passed away in her kennel
at the home of canine handler Duane Brock on New Years Eve, Dixie will be
missed by every member on this team.
Dixie was a Labrador who has had quite an
amazing life serving her country as a search and rescue canine. She started
training when she was a puppy as a human scent detection canine. This type
of training is used for when victims are trapped in debris and are not
visible to the human eye.
Her career started by serving almost two
years with the FEMA Tennessee Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One
(TN-TF1) until she was recruited to South Carolina’s US&R Task Force
(SC-TF1) in June of 2005. Shortly after joining the South Carolina Urban
Search and Rescue Team, Dixie was deployed to St. Bernard Parish with the
Task Force for the rescue efforts of Hurricane Katrina. Recently Dixie and
our other three canines were flown to and from Columbia to Beaufort in a
National Guard Chinook Helicopter to participate in the largest disaster
response exercise of its kind. According to our pilots it was the first time
in their long military careers have they transported Search and Rescue K9’s
Our handlers are volunteers who take on a
great amount of personal and family time in order to staff our team with
specialized canines such as Dixie. During the years, any handler will tell
you even though they are not your average house pet and are to be used as a
highly specialized tool, they become a large part of your life and it’s hard
to lose them so suddenly. Please keep Canine Handler Duane Brock and his
family in your thoughts and prayers.
Although Dixie was the oldest of our canines,
her drive and motivation to work as a member on SC-TF1 was undeniable. Her
dedication to this organization will be deeply missed by all of us and
because of this, we will find a location in our new building
to remember her
submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory
November 22, 2008
Handler: Officer Brett
400 S 8th St
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042
Cops mourn K-9 officer
submitted by Jim Cortina,
A Lebanon Police Department dog has died after becoming ill during the
Lebanon Holiday Parade. Police Chief William Harvey said yesterday that a
German shepherd named Dromedav, who was known as Drome, became ill while on
duty at the Nov. 22 parade. He died during emergency surgery later that
afternoon of an unforeseen medical condition, Harvey said. Drome was born in
Hungary on Jan. 3, 2000. He was brought to the United States by Castle’s
K-9s of Mechanicsburg, where he was trained in patrol and narcotics
detection. Patrolman Brett Fisher and Drome graduated from a 230-hour course
on Dec. 2, 2002, and Drome was then sworn in as a K-9 with the city police
force. In his six years of service, Drome completed more than 150 school
searches and took part in more than 100 K-9 demonstrations, public
appearances and special events. In the line of duty, Drome participated in
more than 500 police incidents with several municipal, state and federal
agencies in central Pennsylvania. “K-9 Drome and Patrolman Fisher were
instrumental in removing countless amounts of narcotics and illegal drugs
from Lebanon County,” Harvey said in a news release. “The LCPD and his
partner, Officer Brett Fisher, mourn the loss of Drome for his service to
the city and his loyalty.”
Loving Memory of
November 18, 2008
Handler: Detective Dan
O'Fallon Police Dept.
100 N. Main St.
O Fallon, MO
police dog has died
Missouri, The city's
first police dog, a 12 year old German Shepherd, named Danny has died. Facing
mounting health problems, including a painful hip condition that made it
difficult to walk, Danny was euthanized Tuesday. "He succumbed to old age and in
his last ays was losing control of the use of his hind legs." Danny's long time
handler,Det. Dan Wunder said. "He also suffered from partial deafness, or may
have just chosen to have his own way in retirement by ignoring me."
Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
SE 14th St
for further information and if DJ had 2 handlers?)
by Jim Cortina, Dir, CPWDA Dir.
Loving Memory of
6,1999 ~ May 5, 2008
Sheriff Shawn R. Conley
County Sheriff's Office
Paul Tivnan Dr.
Boylston, MA 01583
Duke served on the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit from 1999
to 2006. He had a distinguished career in the sheriff’s office and
was a member of the National Police Bloodhound Association.
Duke solved many cases throughout the Worcester County area. His first
case was motor vehicle accident where the subject had run off into a wooded
area. The subject was badly hurt. K9 Duke was scented off of a tooth found
in the steering wheel of the vehicle. The subject was located and taken
to the hospital. K9 Duke also solved a flag burning case. A group of youths
were burning flags in a residential area. K9 Duke tracked the youths down
and solved the case. K9 Duke was retired in 2006 due to a leg injury. He
lived out the rest of his life with his handler, Deputy Sheriff Shawn R.
Conley, and Conley’s wife Susan. K9 Duke is survived by Hope, Teagen and
Blue who have assumed Duke’s duties at the Worcester County Sheriff’s office.
Lord I pray that you will hear and grant this simple plea,
each time I run a trail you walk along with me. Give my
an unerring nose on the trail that he must follow, over
sand and marshy bogs and up the mountain hollow.
us find the one we seek, be he lost or be he hiding, for
our failure or success a life just may be riding. Then when
tired and wet and cold and I find it hard to smile, please
I pray give me the strength to walk that one last mile.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Officer Chris Kaupe
Cotati Police Department
W Sierra Ave
(707)934-3456 - Fax: (707)795-0168
mourns loss of police dog
in the Cotati Police Department are mourning the death of D’Jango, the
department’s only Police K-9 dog. The dog partnered with officer Chris
Kaupe since October 2005 and was most recently trained in narcotics detection.
“Officer Chris Kaupe and his son took D’Jango to a nearby park for some
exercise and to play fetch. D’Jango suddenly fell to his side and was found
to be in respiratory distress,” states a release issued by the Cotati Police
Department Thursday. The dog, a Belgian Malinois, was taken to the Emergency
Care center in Rohnert Park. He was put down later that night when it was
determined there was no chance for survival. In addition to narcotics detection,
D’Angelo was trained in suspect detection, property searches, tracking,
building searches and handler protection. submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
South Church Avenue
Police Dog Dies When Patrol Car AC Fails
Mulberry police dog left in a patrol car died Monday after the car's air
conditioning compressor failed. Mulberry Police Chief Lawrence Cavallaro
said the dog, named "Sam Diesel" died from the heat. The 2-year-old German
shepherd had been in the car for more than an hour, although it wasn't
clear Monday exactly how long he was in the car or when the air conditioning
Mulberry department purchased the dog in October after Wal-Mart employees
from 10 stores in Polk and Hillsborough counties donated about $12,625.
Diesel's handler, Officer Sara Movahedi, was working inside the police
station Monday afternoon and left the dog in the car with the air conditioning
running. Cavallaro said keeping the dog in the patrol car with the air
conditioning running is standard procedure and done routinely. When Movahedi
returned to the car about 3:50 p.m. to answer a call she found that Diesel
had died and the car's air vents were blowing hot air.
said Movahedi wasn't at fault in the incident. However, Cavallaro said,
'A periodic check (on the dog) would have helped. We're learning a hard
lesson by it.' Movahedi's patrol car, a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, was awaiting
the installation of a heat alarm, which could have alerted Movahedi to
the danger. A heat alarm, triggered when the temperature inside the car
reaches a certain level, sounds the car's horn and sends a page to the
officer's electronic pager.
was assigned the Crown Victoria less than a month ago and it had a new
compressor and a cage had been installed, Cavallaro said. The department
had the alarm system on order. 'She's a good handler,' Cavallaro said of
Movahedi, who has worked with the department for two years. 'She just had
some bad luck there.' Movahedi was not available for comment, but Cavallaro
said Diesel's death took a toll on her. 'Right now, she isn't doing well,'
he said. 'It's not a matter of losing your property. It's a traumatic situation.
It's just like losing your partner.
The handlers and the dogs go through
so much training together.'
Factors Blamed in Death of Police Dog
DOG SAM DIESEL is shown last October with Mulberry Police K-9 Officer Sara
Movahedi when a fund drive paid for the dog. He died Monday in a very hot
things likely contributed to the death of Sam Diesel, the Mulberry police
dog who died of heatstroke July 21 in a squad car when the air conditioner
failed: Officer Sara Movahedi, Diesel's handler, was told that morning
by Mulberry Chief Larry Cavallaro to get the dog out of the police station
because it stunk. The car, a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, had a history of
air conditioning compressor failure. The air failed again that afternoon.
The car was not equipped with a heat-activated alarm that would have sounded
loudly when the temperature in the car rose.
checked on Diesel during the afternoon, but did not check on him for about
90 minutes before finding him dead at 4 p.m. Those are some of the conclusions
drawn from an incident report by Officer Ricky Booher, a patrol supervisor,
and from questions answered by Mulberry police. The report was released
Monday and did not recommend discipline for anyone involved. Cavallaro
said Movahedi had been "punished enough" by the loss of Diesel. It's standard
procedure at many law enforcement agencies to keep dogs in running patrol
cars that are equipped with air conditioning and heat sensitive alarms
that alert handlers when the interior of the car gets too hot.
Diesel and Mulberry's other dog had sometimes been allowed in the cramped
police building so the department could save on gasoline.On July 21, Movahedi
brought the dog inside the building about 9 a.m., Cavallaro and Booher
said. Cavallaro said he told Booher to tell Movahedi to get Diesel out
of the building because he smelled. Movahedi didn't have the option of
bringing the dog back into the building later in the day, Cavallaro acknowledged.
"Some dogs don't smell so good," Cavallaro said, and Diesel was one of
said Diesel had such a bad smell that morning "that you could smell him
all over the building." He said Movahedi was going to take Diesel to the
vet for the problem. Booher's report details what happened in the period
after noon on July 21 and doesn't talk about Diesel being banished from
the building earlier that day. Movahedi was on duty Monday afternoon and
said she was too busy to answer questions about the incident. Last week,
during an informal conversation about Diesel, she said she "loved that
dog more than anything in the world. He was my partner and my best friend."
report said the air conditioning compressor in Movahedi's patrol car had
been replaced twice, both times in June. However, the air conditioning
worked when Booher drove the car to the vet with the dead animal, he said
in his report. At the Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital, the dog's temperature
was 109, despite his dying "40 to 45 minutes" before his temperature was
taken, the report said. Movahedi has since taken another dog, Silvo, for
her partner and the patrol car she now drives is equipped with a heat-activated
alarm. But that wasn't the case on July 21.
report said Movahedi returned to the station that day about 12:15 p.m.
after being dispatched to calls for service. About 12:45, she was assigned
to interview a family involved in a child custody case, at the department.
She conducted the interview outside, first near her car and then under
a building overhang. About 1:30 p.m., accompanied by a Polk sheriff's worker
who was at the station, she checked on Diesel and he was fine. About 2:30
p.m., she again checked on the dog, who was sitting up in the back seat.
She went back inside the police station to work on reports.
4 p.m. she was dispatched to an alligator-in-the-road call. Booher left
the station for the same call a moment behind her. Mohavedi's car was running
but Diesel was dead. Booher's report said the hood of Movahedi's car was
down, but she's not so sure. She said she was in the habit of leaving the
hood up when Diesel was in the car to keep the engine from overheating
and said she may have shut it before Booher exited the building, then got
so upset she couldn't remember what she did. "I just don't know," she said
lot has changed since Diesel's death. Cavallaro said Mark McGee of McGee
Tires has put up $12,600 for a new police dog. The dog has to undergo 400
hours of training and won't be in Mulberry anytime soon. When it does arrive,
it will be assigned to a car equipped with a heat-activated alarm. The
new dog will be dedicated to McGee and to Wal-Mart, who put up the money
for Sam Diesel. Cavallaro said the department will build two kennels in
shady spots alongside the police building. When their handlers are inside
working, Mulberry's two dogs will go in the kennels.
new policy says the K-9 officers aren't to eat in restaurants with their
dogs in their cars. While on calls, they're to radio into the dispatcher
every 20 minutes that their car and dog are OK. If they don't call the
dispatcher, the dispatcher is to call them. And the hood is to be left
up when the dog is in the car alone. Cavallaro said Mulberry, which had
few written safety rules for police dogs, now probably has the strictest
rules in Polk County. Cavallaro said it's his wish that other police agencies
don't have to go through the anguish of Mulberry police before making some
submitted by Jim
Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Handler: Ofc. Matt
The Goshen Township
Twp. Police K9 Dies Unexpectedly
– 7/12/08 ( heart attack or a brain aneurysm )
Goshen Township Police Department is mourning a K9 officer. Handler Matt
Bucksath found Djim, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, dead inside his crate
at Bucksath's home on Saturday afternoon. The cause of death is believed
to be heart attack or a brain aneurysm. Officials said Djim assisted in
seizing over $6,000 in illegal drugs and contributed to the arrest of more
than 230 criminal suspects. The township said officers will wear a black
stripe on their badges in memory of Djim.
article to K9 Djim's death
When a police car was parked near Catherine Menke's house, she found
an unexpected surprise - a barking police officer. "I didn't know Goshen
had a K-9 unit," Menke said.
called the police department to make sure she really saw a dog in the car.
saw Officer Djim, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois who's been paired with
Officer Matt Bucksath since 2005. According to Goshen Police, Djim
has assisted in seizing more than $6,000 in illicit narcotics and contributed
to the arrest of more than 230 criminal suspects during his time in Goshen
Menke learned about Djim's role with the department, she investigated how
to get a bulletproof vest designed to fit the dog. She called vendors
as far away as California, but eventually found what Djim needed at Point
Blank, a police supply store in Anderson Township. The vest is bulletproof
and blast proof, protecting Djim's vital organs. Menke got a quote of $510
for the vest, and she began asking for help, contacting residents and organizations
in Goshen. No one really knew what to think when Menke asked for donations
for a dog vest, she said. "They thought I was pulling their leg," Menke
help speed up the process, Menke asked friends and family members to make
donations to the police department instead of giving her birthday and Christmas
the money was raised it took about a month and a half for the vest to be
delivered. Djim finally received his vest in April.
didn't know what to think," Bucksath said. "Not many people get involved
in the program."
the vest, Bucksath doesn't have to worry as much when he takes Djim, who
lives with Bucksaith, into duty. "We're making a huge impact on drugs,
and we're going to continue to make an impact on drugs here until they're
gone," he said. submittted by Jim Cortina, Dir.
Loving Memory of
June 23, 2008
KILLED BY ALLIGATOR )
County Sheriff's Office
North Highway 77
dog killed by alligator
10-foot alligator attacked and killed a 5-year-old bloodhound used as a
tracker by the Bay County Sheriff's Office. Investigator Doug Pierce's
wife had taken Datsi and the family's two other dogs for a run on Monday
when Datsi jumped into a lake to cool off. That's when she was attacked
by the alligator. Pierce says the dog managed to get away from the alligator,
but her injuries were so bad that she collapsed and died on the shore.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission called in a trapper
to catch and kill the alligator.
gator kills dog in Bayou George
GEORGE — A normal outing Monday morning with the family dogs turned into
a nightmare for a local pet owner when a nearly 10-foot, 400-pound alligator
attacked and killed her 5-year-old bloodhound, Datsi.
Pierce had taken her dogs Datsi, Hoover, a 9-year-old bloodhound, and Freedom,
a 4-year-old border collie, on a run almost every day to the end of Bayhead
Drive, on the banks of Bayou George near where it becomes Deer Point Lake.
Her husband, Doug Pierce, an investigator with the Bay County Sheriff's
Office, had trained and used Hoover as a tracker for the Sheriff's Office.
The exercise was an important part of the dog's activities, he said. Doug
Pierce said he had attempted to train Datsi as well, but it never worked
the Monday run, Datsi went into the water to cool off, and the alligator
gator was able to get up in the weeds without being seen," Doug Pierce
two animals fought, and Datsi was able to get away from the alligator,
but she was mortally wounded, Pierce said. "It broke all of her ribs. It
punctured them," Doug Pierce said. "The dog made it out of the water and
collapsed." Shirley Pierce ran to a nearby residence after the attack
and called for help. Her husband, Sheriff's Office deputies and an alligator
tracker came to the scene, but it was too late. "It
devastated my wife," Doug Pierce said. "There was nothing she could do
arrival of humans did not scare the alligator, he added. "The gator kept
trying to get to the carcass on the bank," Doug Pierce said. At one point,
it fought off a smaller alligator, believed to be about 6 feet long, that
also was trying to get to Datsi, Doug Pierce said. The incident was turned
over to Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Sheriff's
Office officials said. The agency usually kills alligators that appear
aggressive and endanger humans. Trapper James Beech captured and killed
the 9.7-foot, 400-pound alligator on Thursday. "It's the fattest
one he's ever seen come out of Deer Point Lake," Stan Kirkland, spokesman
for the FWC, said Thursday night. Beech still was looking for the
6-foot gator as well as an 11-foot-long alligator also seen in the area,
Kirkland said. The area where the Pierce family walk the dogs is home to
many gators, he added. "It's not a good idea to let your dog swim
in any place in Florida where there are gators, period," Kirkland said.
"We have incidents like this that happen very frequently, and it causes
a lot of anguish to the owner of the pet."
by Jim Cortina
Loving Memory of
K9 DRAVEN (K9-19)
Erik J. McKee
S. 4th Street
those who are unaware, I want to inform you of the death of retired K-9
Officer Draven. K-9 Draven retired in July 2006 after over 8 years
of service to the department and community. On Monday last week Draven
suffered a Gastric Torsion (His stomach flipped), this causes rapid and
extreme bloating in the abdomen. I caught it rapidly and was able
to get him to the vet where they performed emergency surgery on him.
For those who knew Draven well, knew that he was a fighter and did not
give up, although only 1% of dogs survive this type of surgery, Draven
pulled through it. This was not an easy process though, the doctors
had to remove his spleen in the process and give him a blood transfusion.
After the surgery I was given a recovery diagnosis of 25%-50%. Draven
spent the next few days attempting to recover from the surgery, however
his stomach and internal organs were not able to recover from the shock
of the incident and on Friday 06-06-08 in the early afternoon Draven went
into multi-systems failure. Several of us spent the afternoon with
Draven, as long as we could, and at 1715 hours I made the difficult decision
to end Draven’s final battle. He lived as a warrior and died in the
same manner. For those who knew last week, I can never repay you
for you concern, thoughts and prayers through this whole ordeal.
I shall spend a lifetime attempting to find a way to thank you.
was my friend, partner, my defender, my dog
was his life, his love, his leader
was mine, faithful and true
the last beat of his heart
owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion
THE WICKED FLEE WHEN NO MAN PURSUETH --
BUT THE RIGHTEOUS ARE BOLD AS A LION --
Erik J. McKee
Newark police dog dies
decorated Newark police dog died last week, according to a press release.
With his career partner Sgt. Eric McKee by his side, Draven died Friday
afternoon from multiple organ failure brought on by gastric torsion, the
release states. A Malinois born in the Netherlands, Draven began training
with McKee in 1998 and served until his retirement in July 2006. One year
into his career, Draven placed fifth in the nation in narcotics detection
at the 1999 U.S. Police Canine Association's National Field Trials. Along
with two other Newark police dogs, Draven was awarded fourth place overall
in the departmental team event.
is now a Sgt. and is still the departmental trainer and K-9 Unit supervisor.
I am also a state certified K-9 trainer and assessor so I state certify
and re-certify dogs from all over the State of Ohio.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Handler: SSgt Chickadel
and MWD Dax in Iraq
Corps Logistics Base
Christian N Haliday
-Lt. Caleb Emes
Sergeant Major is R. D. Kennedy - Georgia
dog dies inside vehicle
gathering details of a developing story at Albany's Marine Corps Logistics
Base where the Marines launched an investigation into the death of military
dog. Dax, a 5-year old German Shepherd died on the base. Dax was found
dead last Tuesday inside a Marine Corps Police Department vehicle. The
Naval Criminal Investigative Service is looking into the circumstances
surrounding the death.
veterinarian at Fort Benning will perform a necropsy to determine the exact
cause of death. Dax was stationed at MCLB for almost three years and was
trained in explosive detection and patrolling. A Marine spokesman told
us the base's dogs are not only true Marines, but they're like family members,
base mourns the loss of Dax.
Corps Logistics Base dog forgotten in vehicle
military working dog left inside a police vehicle for four hours May 6
at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany died from heatstroke, the results
of an investigation released Friday found. The body of Dax, a 5-year-old
German shepherd, was examined by a Fort Benning military veterinarian who
determined the dog’s cause of death to be heatstroke, MCLB officials said
in a statement. Assigned to a handler with MCLB’s civilian police force,
Dax was left inside a police vehicle for approximately four hours the afternoon
of May 6, Public Affairs Officer Lt. Caleb Eames said.
investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dax’s death revealed “a
lack of diligence in carrying out assigned duties by two civilian government
employees,” the statement said. One employee had transported Dax and another
dog to a training site, while Dax’s handler drove a different vehicle with
supplies to the site, the statement said. After training, the same driver
returned to the kennels, but only removed one dog, leaving Dax inside.
Dax’s handler assumed the first handler had removed him from the vehicle,
the statement said.
hours later when someone noticed the dog was missing, Dax’s body was found
inside the vehicle, Eames said. “The command has implemented punitive administrative
action against the two employees,” and the working dog section has undergone
refresher training “to ensure that this does not happen in the future,”
the statement said. The names of the employees, whom Eames stated continue
to be employed as MCLB police officers, cannot be released under the federal
Privacy Act of 1947, Eames said.
criminal charges have been filed against them, he said. Dax had been assigned
to MCLB for two years and 11 months and was trained in explosives detection
and patrol, Eames said. He had completed one six-month tour in Iraq, returning
to MCLB in November, Eames said. “This is a very sad time for us,” he said.
“The military working dog section was very distraught after this happened.
The relationship between the handlers and the dogs is very strong. It’s
a close bond they develop, and to have one of the dogs be lost is a tragic
event.” Dax was one of several dogs assigned to MCLB. Lex, a military working
dog, was adopted in December by the family of his Marine Corps handler,
Cpl. Dustin Lee. Lee was killed and Lex was wounded during a rocket attack
in Iraq in March 2006. Volunteering information about the investigation
to the media, base officials want the public to know that Dax’s death has
been taken seriously and sufficient action has been taken to make sure
dogs at MCLB receive proper care, Eames said. Dax’s death will not slow
the work of military dogs aboard MCLB, he said. “We have a sufficient number
of dogs to continue the mission of securing the base,” he said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Handler: Jim Hall
- Ft. Stewart GA
March 11, 2008, MWD Denis was KIA. The details about Denis' death
cannot be told. I want to honor this HERO! Thank You so very much
to Jim Hall, his Handler, for sending me picutres, and talking about Denis;
I can feel the love you had for Denis through your words! You must
have been quite a team. Denis will always watch over you! Jim
and Denis had served together in combat and law enforcement missions.
Jim loved Denis dearly, and referred to Denis as his "Bubba." Jim
said, " I love him so much; he's a wonderful guy, he made my life so much
better." Denis, I THANK YOU brave Soldier from the bottom of my heart
for all that you did to fight for our freedom over here! Thank
You so very much to Jim Hall, his handler, for sending picutres,
and talking about Denis; I can feel the love you had for Denis through
your words! You must have been quite a team.
Loving Memory of
31, 2003 ~ Feb. 2008
Miami Police Department
John - Chief of Police
N.W. 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33128-1786
(305)603-6100 - FAX: (305)372-4609
dog's death shocks breeder - The death of a police dog surprised
had donated the bloodhound to the Miami Police Department.
a Miami police bloodhound, was donated to the department by a foundation
created to honor slain 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce. The dog's recent demise --
investigators think she starved to death -- has spurred a criminal investigation
into her handler, Miami Officer Rondal Brown, 48. Brown has been
relieved of duty with pay as internal affairs detectives and prosecutors
investigate his role in the bloodhound's death. On Thursday, the dog's
breeder, Pam Andrews, who had visited Brown and 4-year-old Dynasty several
times during the past two years, was shocked to hear of the dog's death.
was always in good shape. She was fine. She was always well taken care
of. I can't believe this happened,'' said Andrews of Lake Bloodhound Kennels
in Lake Butler. Andrews raised Dynasty for the "Jimmy Ryce Foundation,"
which donates bloodhounds to police departments. Jimmy, a Miami-Dade boy
who was kidnapped and murdered in 1995, was the subject of an intense police
manhunt. The foundation believes bloodhounds might have helped find Jimmy
was born Dec. 31, 2003, to Ernie and Destiny. Her siblings are also police
dogs. She was given to Miami police on Feb. 26, 2004. With extremely sensitive
noses and droopy skin and ears that sweep the ground to kick up scents,
bloodhounds offer police departments unique weapons to find missing persons.
Unlike German shepherds, bloodhounds are extremely loyal to only one handler.
Andrews said bloodhounds are so sensitive they will often stop eating if
their handler is not around. Some have even been put on antidepressant
medication, she said. ''Bloodhounds love humans. They want to be
with people to the death. They [do searches] for no other reason than to
please the handler,'' Andrews said. Miami police declined to comment on
the case. Brown, a Miami officer since 1987, is a popular officer with
a clean personnel history and more than 30 commendations. His attorney,
Bill Matthewman, says his client would never knowingly hurt Dynasty. The
dog stayed at the home of Brown, who had been on desk duty because of heart
problems. ''The two of them loved each other,'' Matthewman said.
submitted by Jim Cortina