August 24, 2009
In Loving Memory of
K9 CHAR & K9 MICK
Handler: Herbie Vaughan
Milam County Precinct 3
Drug dogs have their day in
CAMERON - Starting
today, V-Jaks Von Erzengel will join his sidekick, veteran drug-sniffing dog
Probable Cause Von Erzengel
(or PC), as duly trained deputized canine law officers working with
owner-trainer Herbie Vaughan, Milam County Precinct 3 constable.
Vaughan volunteers his dogs’ tracking and narcotics drug-sniffing
capabilities to seizing illegal drugs, finding lost people and chasing
down criminals. V-Jaks and PC will be appointed as official Milam County
deputies and recognized as U.S. Tactical K9 Law
Enforcement Training Academy graduates certified in detecting marijuana,
cocaine and methamphetamines from automobiles
and buildings, as well as the apprehension and tracking of people during a
meeting today of the Milam County Commissioners’ Court.
Certification will provide the dogs an umbrella of protection under the law
against criminal retaliation, Milam County Judge Frank
Summers said. “Once we appoint them as deputies, if someone harms them, it
is assault on a peace officer,” Summers said. “If dogs are going to be doing drug work we normally appoint them as
deputies so they have protection.” Texas is among most
U.S. states that protect police dogs. Offenses may be prosecuted as
felonies depending upon the severity of the case ranging
from injury to death, or as misdemeanors for minor offenses such as
releasing a dog, restricting the handler’s control of
the animal, or taunting, tormenting or striking a police-service animal, or
feeding the animal without the handler’s consent.
Vaughan can relate to the reality of this threat because several years ago,
drug dealers in Milam County put a price on the
furry head of his first drug-sniffer dog, Char.
Hence, Vaughan’s dogs are very well cared for and protected. Last summer
during a training session,
died suddenly of a heart
Cameron’s police dog, 11-year-old
died of natural causes last summer, three days after Vaughan lost Char.Vaughan reserved a replacement, but his AKC registered German shepherd, PC,
age 5, would not accept a female replacement
for Char, thus, U.S. Tactical K9 Law Enforcement Training Academy trainers
recommended he choose a male to match PC’s
bossy temperament. Vaughan paid $5,000 for V-Jaks, a 3-year-old American
Kennel Club-registered male German shepherd. He spent last week in a 60-hour training session with the dog, and brought
him home to Milam County last Saturday.
Vaughan paid $2,500 for PC and voluntarily offers his highly trained dogs to
“They are a valuable asset, just another tool we can use,” Sheriff David
Greene said. “I try to get the drugs before it gets to the schools, and get them away
kids,” Vaughan said. “Too many of our kids are ruined by narcotics and if I can do a little bit of something to
stop it, I will. When V-Jaks finds his
first dope he will pay for himself.” Currently, Vaughan’s two police canines
are the only ones operating in Milam County,
but Vaughan and his deputy dogs are available around the clock to the
sheriff’s department, Texas Department of Public
Safety, and police departments in Cameron, Rockdale and Thorndale. Rockdale
Police Chief Thomas Harris said Vaughan’s
drug-sniffing canines are valuable and “Herbie comes out any time of the day
or night to help us.”
Vaughan is a Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department member, a former Houston
firefighter and paramedic, and a former member of the Rockdale EMS. He is more than willing to donate his training and
his dogs to drug enforcement.
PC is a passive alert dog, while V-Jaks scratches walls and cars when he
detects drugs, Vaughan said.
The drug-sniffing dogs “are extremely valuable resources,” Cameron Police
Chief Patrick Guffey added.
“You can’t put a price tag on them,” Guffey said. Vaughan said one major
ingredient to a successful trainer-dog relationship is
to have “faith in the dog’s nose.” “The trainer says the brain starts at the
other end of that leash and comes up toward
the human,” Vaughan said. “The dogs don’t miss. Their noses are so
sensitive; they can pick up things we would never notice.”
In Loving Memory
July 1, 2008
Handler: Sgt. Sam Blaski
Kingston drug dog dies
a 4-year-old German shepherd from Bulgaria, died Tuesday after a brief
illness. “The guys are very sad. You get to know the dogs. They’re a part
of the family and a part of the department,” Kingston police Chief Keith
Keiper said Wednesday. For the last three years, Macso has been a sworn
member of the Kingston Police Department. He trained, worked and lived
with K-9 officer Sgt. Sam Blaski. Blaski and his family are taking the
loss hard, fellow officers said.
Michael Kryzwicki — handler for the department’s other K-9, Sax, for the
last seven years — said he sympathizes with his colleague. “The dog is
with you 24 hours a day, unlike a normal pet. I can’t imagine. It’s tough,”
he said. Macso was treated for symptoms of an illness for several days
and took a turn for the worse on Tuesday as he exhibited a very high temperature.
At a local animal hospital, veterinarians administered a variety of tests
and intravenous therapy, and also gave the dog an ice bath, officials said.
Macso later died from cardiac arrest. There was no immediate cause of death.
The Municipality of Kingston and its police department are planning a memorial
service to honor Macso, and are seeking to place a memorial marker outside
the municipal building. Wyoming Valley West School District purchased Macso
for the police department three years ago. Kingston has paid the maintenance
fees. Macso was made available to patrol the streets of Kingston and also
conduct drug sweeps of schools in the district.
the kids in grade schools — they liked to see him. Some of the teenagers
who were doing drugs, now they didn’t like to see him,” Keiper said.
Blaski wanted and was ready, Keiper said the department would love to see him be
the handler for the department’s next drug dog. “We’d like to get another dog
and see Sam be the trainer. As soon as Sammy is ready,” he said.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir CPWDA
In Loving Memory
November 23, 2008
412 Mayeaux Dr.
Ph: (337) 463-3281
Deceased BPSO K-9's service honored
Veterinarian Ted Hoerner (above, from left) donates a marker to be
placed on the grave of the recently deceased Beauregard Parish
Sheriff’s Office K-9, “Mal.” Receiving the marker is Mal’s family,
BPSO Deputy Clyde Kellogg, who was the canine’s handler for its last
three years of service, Dixie Kellogg and their son, Matthew.
The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
recently lost one of its valued K-9’s. K-9 “Mal,” a Belgian Malinois,
was born on May 5, 1998 and served with the New Llano Police
Department before being given to the BPSO by Evan Fowler in 2004.
Mal was paired with Deputy Clyde Kellogg, and the two traveled to a
training facility in Mississippi where they were both certified to
work in the K-9 program. Mal was trained in criminal apprehension,
handler protection and narcotics detection, and during his time with
the BPSO he was instrumental in numerous arrests of subjects for
drug related offenses. He was also a great asset to other local
agencies who did not have a narcotics detector K-9. As K-9 program
coordinator for BPSO, Detective Dale Sharp, states that Mal and
Deputy Kellogg were an exceptional pair, and that the two helped the
BPSO K-9 program grow. “Before Mal, there was only one K-9 dog,”
says Sharp. “Thanks to Mal and Kellogg’s great accomplishments, we
now have four.” According to Sharp, the Belgian Malinois has become
a favored breed with the BPSO and other law enforcement agencies due
to their longevity in the field compared to other breeds.
Mal was retired in late 2007 after severe arthritis developed in his
front shoulder. He lived out his retirement with the Kelloggs. On
October 23 of this year, Mal was euthanized due to spinal problems
that could no longer be helped by his medication. He was ten
years-old at the time of his death. Recently Ted Hoerner, the vet
that cared for the animal, donated a grave marker for Mal’s resting
place. “I just felt like it was the respectful thing to do,” Hoerner
says. Mal was laid to rest wrapped in a knitted blanket bearing the
BPSO emblem. His grave was dug in the Kelloggs’ backyard, by the
Town of Merryville.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Members of Indy
Mantrailing brought their search-and-rescue dogs to the Fraternal Order of
Police lodge in Greenfield
to pay respects to Maxwell Smart, a 3-year-old
Handler: Mike McPherson
Mantrailing K9 SAR
dog community gathers to mourn young bloodhound
of a search-and-rescue dog also a loss for community it served
of Indy Mantrailing brought their search-and-rescue dogs to the Fraternal
Order of Police lodge in Greenfield to pay respects to Maxwell Smart (inset),
a 3-year-old bloodhound.
his short life, Maxwell Smart had been on three rescue missions and helped
direct police to find a missing 13-year-old girl. Friends, admirers and
teammates of the bloodhound search-and-rescue dog celebrated his accomplishments
and mourned his loss Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge. Maxwell
died Nov. 3 when his stomach filled with air and rotated on itself, a common
ailment in breeds such as bloodhounds, which have deep and narrow chests.
He was 3. "He wasn't just a dog; he was a family member, and for me a co-worker
and a best friend," said Mike McPherson, Maxwell's owner, who went with
him on search-and-rescue missions.
search-and-rescue dog's death reverberates beyond the owners. When one
of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's more than 30 dogs died
in 2007 from gunshot wounds, the community raised $8,000 for the canine
unit. Emergency personnel use the animals to help them find missing people,
and preparing dogs for the task takes at least two years of training, said
Randy McPeak, a Bowling Green resident who heads up Indy Mantrailing, the
group in which Maxwell served. Because of the time investment required
to develop and maintain their skills, losing a search-and-rescue dog is
comparable to losing a Seeing Eye dog, said Coleen Ellis, founder of Carmel-based
Pet Angel Memorial Center.
Sunday's service, six members of Indy Mantrailing and their bloodhounds
joined McPherson and his family to pay their respects. The team members
lit a candle, which sat on a table that held Maxwell's paw print, his collar
and one of his favorite football chew toys. They shared tearful embraces
with McPherson before reading a eulogy recalling Maxwell's love for his
work and his ability to walk on his back legs during training sessions
-- a move that made some compare him to a ballerina. The words were delivered
amid whimpers from the bloodhounds and sniffles from those in the audience,
some of whom shared their own thoughts of Maxwell following the eulogy.
kid in the neighborhood knew Max," said McPherson's neighbor Brett Dye.
"He was a great dog, and he made a lot of people happy." Maxwell was born
in June 2005 and began his training at 10 weeks. He and McPherson trained
several hours a day, practicing mock rescues and doing obedience training.
Two or three times a week, they'd go on 7- or 8-mile walks, which helped
them bond, McPherson said. McPherson and other team members do the missions
as volunteer work. They serve emergency forces across the state, from Greenfield,
where McPherson lives, to near Terre Haute, near where McPeak resides.
dogs are trained to search for live people, as opposed to cadavers, but
sometimes they find their search subjects are dead. "The biggest thing
is (providing) closure to a family," McPeak said. "That's our reward. It's
a way of giving back to society." McPherson has another bloodhound, Maggie,
who recently received her one-year training certification for search and
rescue. He said he hopes to continue the missions as long as he's physically
able. "Maxwell gave me the best start I could ever want," McPherson said.
"It's up to me how I finish."
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
N Willow Ave
a brown Belgian malinois that joined the force in June 2003. But last December,
a veterinarian discovered that Mike had cancer. The dog's handler, Rialto
police Officer Joe Maltese, took him out of service so he could spend his
remaining days taking life easy. Mike died three months later. Friends
of Rialto Police K-9s wasted no time finding a new partner for Maltese,
and in June he and Smoky began six weeks of training. He became Rialto's
newest patrol dog in July. Maltese said he sometimes slips up and calls
him Mike, the memory of his first canine partner still fresh. In December,
Maltese and Mike, who was trained in narcotics detection, were serving
a search warrant when the dog found a large amount of methamphetamine and
cash in a closet, Maltese said. "He ran off just fine, but he came
back limping to me," the officer recalled. "A day later, he was still limping."
The doctor took X-rays, and the diagnosis came on Christmas Eve. Mike had
osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, in his right hind leg. "That was his last
arrest," Maltese recalled. "For several weeks he rode with me, but I didn't
deploy him." The veterinarian prescribed pain medicine for Mike and warned
Maltese that the osteosarcoma would make the dog's bones brittle.
March 31, we put him down because he broke his leg the night before," Maltese
said. "It was probably the hardest day of my life." Friends of Rialto
Police K-9s covered the veterinary costs, including euthanizing Mike. "I
asked (the doctors) if they could put him to sleep in the back seat of
my patrol car," Maltese said. "I thought it was best to put him down where
he was happiest." Maltese took the body of his 75-pound partner, who turned
8 a month earlier, to Gateway Pet Cemetery in San Bernardino. The Friends
group picked up the tab for Mike's cremation and gave the ashes to Maltese.
"They're at my house, on a shelf in my office," he said. It's the final
remnant of the bond the officer and his dog shared, on duty and at home,
for almost five years. It was a loss that muted an otherwise joyful
season in Maltese's family -- the birth of his second child, a son, occurred
the month before. Mike loved police work, especially the search drills
to warehouses and residential neighborhoods that Maltese devised each week.
He recalled the time a Rialto police officer lost his badge during a foot
chase through a vacant field on Foothill Boulevard.Police combed the area
but couldn't find it. Mike took up the search and quickly located the badge,
his first week on the job, Mike assisted in a robbery investigation at
a convenience store parking lot on Riverside and Merrill avenues. The fleeing
robber tossed his gun and the victim's car keys, but Mike found them in
tall bushes. "You put a lot of trust in these dogs," Maltese said. "You
count on these guys to save your life, to find the bad guy." Greta
Hodges, president of the friends group, estimated the group has purchased
26 dogs for the Rialto Police Department over the years. Most come from
Adlerhorst International Police K-9 Academy, a 7-acre training facility
in Glen Avon, in Riverside County.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Lenoir County Sheriff's
North Carolina 28502
Lenoir County Sheriff's Office lost one of its police dogs to a shooting
recently. On Aug. 15 at approximately 11:50 p.m., the Lenoir County Sheriff's
Office conducted an investigation into the shooting of a department K-9
officer, according to a press release from the department. A 7-year-old
Belgian Malinois named Mighty was shot in the vicinity of Elijah Lofton
Road in Lenoir County. The investigation began when K-9 handler Deputy
David Wise left his residence to check on his dog and discovered Mighty
was out of his pen. The investigation had further determined the dog had
escaped through a bottom section of the gate and fence. Wise and
his family tried to find his dog and found out later that the dog had been
shot at a residence on Elijah Lofton Road. Sheriff's Office investigators
and patrol deputies went to the residence and identified the location of
shooting and the deceased canine. Investigators interviewed witnesses at
the residence and statements were obtained by everyone who had been at
the residence at the time Mighty was seen there. Further investigation
determined that a man at the residence had shot the dog with a 12-gauge
shotgun. Davis, 24, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., was charged with one count
of felony cruelty to an animal. Davis was processed and placed in the Lenoir
County Jail under a $2,000 bond. Davis was scheduled for a first court
appearance Wednesday. "Mighty had been with us for around two years," said
Maj. Chris Hill. When asked what kind of burial Mighty would receive, Hill
said that in cases such as this the handler of the dog is allowed to bury
the animal wherever he or she sees fit.
submitted by Jim Cortina,
Loving Memory of
Handler: RICK COX
Petaluma Blvd. N.
dog deserved better
just read of the decision to euthanize Max, the Belgian Malinois police
dog, and I am appalled. According to the article, Max had no bad behavior
but he was “no longer as effective.” When the only attempt to find him
a permanent home (with his original owners) was not fruitful, Max was euthanized.
Max was 7 years old; the life span of a Malinois is 10-14 years. Is this
how we treat those who serve our community? What about retirement with
medical benefits? In
many communities, the first choice for a police dog is retirement with
their handler, with whom they have already been living. Understandably,
this is not always an option. Second choice is a home with another individual
trained in handling security dogs. Third choice is a sanctuary. Nowhere
in the article were any of these possibilities noted. Many other communities
have committed resources to honor their working animals.
Global Training has a retired working dog adoption program for retired
dogs. They have very high standards for adopting and their retired dog
adoption program is very successful. San Francisco has a fund that pays
medical costs for its retired police dogs. The Arlington, Va., police department
has a fund for retired working dogs. The regional government in Chennai,
India, set up a fund and sanctuary for its retired working dogs. The Department
of Defense has a re-training and placement program in Texas for its retired
dogs serve the state amazingly well and face tremendous risks during the
course of their service,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the
Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C. “It seems callous
and short-sighted to cut off support for their care after their retirement.
We don’t do that to police officers or our military, and we shouldn’t do
it to these animals, who are willing to give up their lives to protect
the public.” The Milo Foundation in Willits has a beautiful 200-acre sanctuary
for unadoptable dogs and cats. Surely a place could have been found for
Max there, especially if they were given funding for the cost of his care.
Max could have had a new home with skilled people or a sanctuary at least.
It is unconscionable for the Petaluma Police Department to act with so
little regard for one of its own.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote requesting photo & DOD
- July 10, 08
another article on K9 MAX
Handler: Rick Cox
Breed: Belgian Malanois (pronounced "Mal-in-wah")
Age: 3 years
Weight: 80 pounds
Training: P.O.S.T Certified for Patrol and Narcotics Max was born in
Southern California and raised by a Los Angles Police Officer. He
was purchased by the Petaluma Police Department in September of
2003. Max was then teamed with Officer Rick Cox. Officer Cox and Max
completed a 200 hour basic handler course and started serving the
community in 2003. Officer Cox and Max protect other officers,
search for hidden suspects, and search for evidence. In October
2004, Officer Cox and Max completed a 200 hour narcotic detection
course. Max is now trained to detect the odor of methamphetamine,
cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
Loving Memory of
County Sheriff's Dept.
W. High St. Potosi, MO 63664
County police dog euthanized
is a photo of Mosley a year later when he was taken back to the rescue
group and placed in an animal foster home. - Photos courtesy of Midwest
Bloodhound. Mosley is missing 75 percent of his hair.
is a picture of Mosley before he was adopted by the Washington County
He had fully recovered from a localized outbreak of mange. Mosley 1 year
the bloodhound, the dog whose care by an eastern Missouri sheriff’s department
worker led to misdemeanor charges of animal abuse, has been euthanized.
The dog was put down on Wednesday. Sandi Singer-Adams of Midwest Bloodhound
Rescue Inc. said Mosley had become increasingly aggressive. He was euthanized
after biting the woman who adopted him. Singer-Adams believes the alleged
mistreatment led to hormonal changes that resulted in the dog’s bad behavior.
In May, Washington County jailer Lance Mason was charged with two counts
of misdemeanor animal abuse.
was fired at that time. The charges allege Mason failed to provide adequate
food and water and failed to provide needed medication for the police dog.
The Washington County Sheriff’s department adopted Mosley in January 2007.
Mason began caring for and training the dog in November. Authorities say
Mosley was found three months later, in February, in a tiny pen with no
food, water or bedding. A veterinarian diagnosed the dog with frostbite,
malnutrition, dehydration, ear and eye infections and other ailments.
Missouri Police Canine Association is investigating how a dog in the care
of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department got in the condition it did.
The sheriff’s department is conducting its own investigation. The Washington
County Sheriff’s Department adopted 1-year-old Mosley from the Illinois-based
Midwest Bloodhound Rescue Inc. in January of 2007. They planned to use
the bloodhound for search and rescues and public relations events.
year later, Capt. Charles LaLumondiere, who had signed the adoption
agreement, contacted the group to let them know the dog was unhealthy and
the department wanted its money back or a new dog.
Feb. 13, a volunteer went to pick up the dog. According to their Web
site, the dog was found in a 4 by 4 dirt-floor pen outside a trailer. The
dog had no food, water or bedding. “His condition was such that we rushed
him to an emergency vet that night,” the Web site states. The dog reportedly
suffered from frostbite, malnutrition and dehydration, severe hair loss
(mange), ear and eye infections, seborrhea of the skin, cellulitis, and
anemia. Missouri Police Canine Association President Gary White, a retired
officer who is a master trainer and state coordinator for the national
canine association, learned about the incident days later. He was disturbed
and worried that this would leave a black mark on any police canine group.
it was just mange, White could understand the situation. The dog had an
outbreak of mange before the adoption but now the dog was 30 pounds under
weight and had frostbite. “I’m trying to find out who is responsible and
how it happened,” he said. He said the dog didn’t get like this in one
day. He said it appears the department didn’t do anything to take care
of it. He also wants to know why they waited a year to “train” the dog.
When White first learned about the situation, he thought someone must have
posed as a deputy to get the dog.
after talking with Captain LaLumondiere, handler Lance Mason, a member
of the Sheriff’s Department, and Sheriff Kevin Schroeder that was not the
case. “I don’t know if the sheriff or the captain knew of the dog’s condition,”
he said. “Someone got this dog in this condition and we will not let it
go. If they are a member of the sheriff’s department then they shouldn’t
be any more.” He believes the sheriff’s department should pick up the Midwest’s
$700 emergency vet bill and hand over their own vet records for Mosley.
He said the person responsible should be disciplined and/or prosecuted
for animal abuse.
Schroeder said the dog had lived with LaLumondiere until the week after
Thanksgiving. The only problem the dog had until then was what the vet
determined to be a skin allergy. The dog was treated and had recovered
by the time it was handed over to the department’s handler for dog obedience
training. Soon after, the handler told Schroeder that the dog was losing
hair and weight. Schroeder said he told him to take the dog to the vet.
He said the dog was then diagnosed with incurable mange.
started making contact with (the rescue group),” Schroeder said. “By the
time they got down here, apparently the dog was in really bad shape ...
I found out about it through the Internet.” The sheriff, who has raised
dogs of his own, said he is trying to get to the bottom of it through his
own internal investigation. He is talking with White and the Midwest rescue
group. He said if there was neglect or abuse, it will be dealt with. “It
makes me sick, it makes me mad,” he said.
the adoption application, LaLumondiere stated he would keep the dog in
the office or in a barn during the day and inside the house at night. Schroeder
said LaLumondiere had problems becoming a certified handler. The signed
contract requires the adoptive family to provide prompt and timely vaccinations
and proper veterinary care, and proper nutrition. It states that the dog
shouldn’t be tied up and a fence enclosure should be adequate shelter from
Singer, director of Midwest Bloodhound Rescue, said she is upset on so
many levels. She feels she has been lied to and the sheriff’s department
didn’t live up to their contract. She said the dog would cower in
fear at times and has a demeanor like it has been abused. She said the
dog was suppose to be a vital member of the community. She said the department
had a lot of gall to demand a refund. She said someone contacted PETA —
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and she has provided them
January, Mason told the captain and the sheriff that the dog was in “bad
shape” and losing weight and hair. Mason took the dog to Lawson Veterinary
Clinic on Jan. 17 where the dog showed a weight loss of 32 pounds and was
diagnosed with demodectic mange. The vet’s office recommended medications
and food to help the dog in acquiring adequate caloric intake. They also
recommended Mason change the dog’s bedding to place the dog in a more comfortable
area due to the skin condition. According to the vet, the medication and
food were available at the vet clinic through a charge account, but those
foods and medications were never acquired. The officers said the condition
of the dog deteriorated and no further vet care was provided.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Pierce Police Department
S US Highway 1
Pierce, FL 34950
Pierce police dog euthanized after health degrades from tumor
Shepherd police K-9 named Maverick was put down Tuesday afternoon, about
two weeks after a tumor was found on his spine. Maverick, who arrived in
Fort Pierce in fall 2001, and Officer Christine Davis became Fort Pierce's
first K-9 team capable of detecting bomb-making materials. Following a
biopsy on June 20 to determine the nature of the tumor, Maverick’s health
quickly worsened. On Tuesday afternoon Davis, with the agency’s support,
decided to have Maverick euthanized.
broken up about it,” Davis’s brother, John Stockton, said Wednesday. “Most
people that have a pet, you get attached to your pet, but this is more
of a partner. The K-9 officers are the only ones who can really explain
that . . . Maverick was part of her.” Davis did not immediately return
a phone call, and a police spokeswoman said she declined to comment. Stockton,
37, said his sister took Maverick home at the end of her shift, where he
was the typical pet pooch. He loved to play ball and get attention and
pets. “He was like a normal family dog until he got his commands,” Stockton
department saw the need for a dog capable of sniffing out plastic explosives
and other bomb-making materials after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2006,
the FBI asked Davis and Maverick to help with securing Dolphin Stadium
before Super Bowl XLI in Miami in February 2007. A New Jersey native, Stockton
worked in the insurance field before becoming a police officer. She joined
the police department about 10 years ago, and in a 2002 interview said
the dog arrived from Germany with a lengthy name that she decided to change.
"I just came up with Maverick because of how fast he is," she said at the
time. "When he plays Frisbee, how he jumps and catches the Frisbee." The
department plans to find a another dog for Davis, and an anonymous donor
appears to have already provided money for the $8,000 purchase. A memorial
service is scheduled July 9 at 6 p.m. at Haisley Funeral Home, 3015 Okeechobee
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Manny is the blonde
pirates breathe easy after specialist sniffer dog dies
plan to use dogs to sniff out pirated DVDs has suffered a setback after
one of two Labradors trained for the task died of an unknown cause. Authorities
are investigating the cause of death but do not suspect foul play, said
Mohamad Roslan Mahayuddin, an official in the Ministry of Domestic Trade
and Consumer Affairs. "We are quite shocked," he said. Manny, a year-old
male, who died on May 31,
trained in Ireland with another Labrador, Paddy, to sniff out a chemical
used in manufacturing DVDs.
dog trained to sniff out pirated discs, from a Malaysian unit which criminals
have made threats against,
been found dead in the undisclosed location where it was kept, according
to a report. Manny, was a one-year-old golden Labrador. "We have sent Manny's
body to University Putra Malaysia for a post-mortem," said Roslan Mahayuddin,
the enforcement director of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry. They
arrived in Malaysia in February and had been training with police officers
and getting used to
sought to form the world's first permanent canine anti-piracy unit after
borrowing two dogs - Lucky and Flo - from the US Motion Picture Association.
They helped Malaysian authorities discover 1.6 million pirated DVDs during
a six-month stint last year. Lucky and Flo's success reportedly caused
movie pirates to place a bounty on their heads. The dogs cannot distinguish
between real and pirated DVDs, but they point officers to hidden caches
of discs. Mohamad Roslan said Malaysia has not yet decided whether to get
a new dog to replace Manny. Manny and Paddy were donated to Malaysia by
the Motion Picture Association.
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
Constable Stacey Rutherford
mourn the loss of retired police dog Max
police are mourning the loss of one of their own. Police service dog Max
died March 26, from Spondilosis, a spinal condition which is common in
working dogs. Max was the service's first police dog to retire from active
duty and he was trained and partnered with Detective Constable Stacey Rutherford.
He retired in 2005 after eight years with the force. The former ambassador
of the Peterborough police department, Max was involved in many cases where
he helped apprehend suspects, track missing persons, and recover narcotics,
evidence and property. In 1997 Max won a gold medal for narcotics detection
in the Canadian Law Enforcement Games in Guelph. In 2003, Max and Police
Service Dog partner Casey were invited by the FBI to take part in a joint
forces drug and money laundering take down in Buffalo.
by Jim Cortina
Loving Memory of
partner of Atwater police chief dies of stroke
The Atwater Police Department has lost one its most beloved members. Max,
a 10-year old German Shepherd who worked alongside Police Chief Reed Schmidt
for more than eight years in the K-9 unit, died unexpectedly last week.
It’s believed Max suffered a stroke, possibly the result of internal injuries
he received Nov. 14, 2006, during a criminal assault that also injured
Schmidt. “It’s a hard loss for me,” Schmidt said. “He was more than just
a K-9, he was my partner and my buddy. He was a companion to me for all
these years.” Born in 1997 in Czechoslovakia, Max came to the United States
when he one after being purchased by a company that trained him for police
work. The Atwater Police Department obtained Max in October 1999 with the
help of a federal grant. As one of the first K-9 units in the area, Schmidt
said Max worked heavily in the early years doing drug and vehicles searches,
and tracking people for Meeker and Kandiyohi counties and area school districts.
“He was a very good criminal deterrent,” Mayor Bruce Baker said. “When
people saw that dog and they had any drugs on them, he had it.” Baker said
Schmidt and Max made an excellent team. Max was “feared by some and loved
by most,” Baker said. “We’re going to miss Max because he did a lot of
good for the town.” “He was fantastic,” Schmidt said of Max. “We did so
many things together over the years.
loved to work and was often waiting by the squad car for Schmidt. When
Schmidt returned from a year in Iraq, Max was there waiting, “ready to
get back to work.” During patrols Max often rested his head on Schmidt’s
shoulder, looking out the front window. The duo was popular at the elementary
school in Atwater where Max showed off his obedience training. “He was
always a big ham,” Schmidt said. When there was a crowd, “it was his time
to shine.” When Schmidt would drive by the school with Max in the
back seat, Schmidt said “Kids would yell out, ‘Hi Max. Hi Max’ and then
they’d say, ‘Oh, hi Officer Reed.’ I did get second billing.” Max and Schmidt
were scheduled to appear at the school next week as part of a six-week
safety program. Students there sent Schmidt cards in remembrance of Max.
Max lived with Schmidt and they knew each other well. “If I was having
a bad day, he knew about it.” Likewise, Schmidt knew there was something
wrong last Tuesday. Max was fine at work that day, but by 8:30 p.m., he
appeared “disoriented.” Schmidt called the veterinarian, who advised him
to keep a close watch. “I sat up with him all night,” Schmidt said.Max
died early the next morning. Schmidt said the vet determined Max died of
a stroke likely linked to the 2006 incident when Schmidt was injured in
an attack, eventually losing the sight in one eye.
the attack, the squad car was repeatedly rammed. Max was inside and knocked
unconscious. He didn’t come around until the attacker was apprehended.
Schmidt said he has no doubt that injury resulted in the fatal stroke that
killed his partner. Going to work now “just isn’t the same,” Schmidt said.
“He was always waiting for me,” he said. “Now there’s just an empty spot.”
submitted by Jim Cortina
Loving Memory of
Handler: Cpl. Will
W Prince St
WV 25801 - (304) 256-1708
P.D. Rottweiler K-9 succumbs to cancer
the city’s and possibly the state’s only Rottweiler K-9, died Thursday
morning, Chief Tim Deems said. Merlin was 7. In November, Merlin was diagnosed
with a form of cancer affecting his lymph nodes. Statistically, a dog with
that type of cancer would only have one to three months to live. However,
Merlin remained on duty with the city. His handler, Cpl. Will Reynolds,
said Merlin remained active and eager to work. Deems believed Merlin was
on duty as late as Wednesday night. “He wasn’t just riding in the vehicle,”
Deems said. “He was out working and was very successful at it.” Merlin’s
work after the cancer diagnosis included tracking what city police said
was an intoxicated shoplifting suspect who shoved a Beckley Wal-Mart loss
prevention officer and threatened to shoot her. Merlin continued to track
down illegal drugs as well, which Deems noted was his forte. He attributed
that largely to Merlin’s breed, given that Rottweilers have such a strong
will to work. But while Merlin had an intimidating presence at first glance,
he was a kind, good-natured dog that would quickly warm up to people, Deems
said. He noted police dogs like Merlin live in their handlers’ homes, and
the bond between the officers, the dogs and the officers’ families is extremely
strong. “No doubt, this is something Reynolds will really have to deal
with over the next few days and weeks,” Deems said. Upon Reynolds’ request,
Merlin has been buried at the city police shooting range, where K-9 officers
take their dogs for training and breaks, Deems said. “I thought it
was a good idea,” Deems said. “Merlin being there will be a reminder for
all K-9 officers when they’re down there about the good job and the service
Merlin and Reynolds provided. We certainly thank them. “Merlin provided
very good service to the city. ... We will miss him.”
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
February 9, 2008
City Police Department
New Jersey 08016
A. Lazzarotti and the City of Burlington Police Department announce the
passing of Police
Canine Mic on February 9, 2008. Mic and his handler were on patrol when
Mic suddenly became disoriented. Mic was rushed to the animal hospital
and was diagnosed with terminal cancer and
bleeding. Mic was imported from Hungary to the United States in 2001.
Mic and his beloved handler,
Matthew Wiesniewski graduated from the Philadelphia Canine Academy in the
2002. The K-9 team was actively involved with the community making frequent
schools, senior citizens housing, charitable events, and was a blood donor
Veterinarian Clinic for blood donations.
was injured this year while conducting a track for a wanted person and
a Purple Paw award for a broken leg he sustained during the track.
SERVICE: Public Welcomed
19, 2008 at 1800 hrs
Chambers @ 525 High Street
City of Burlington.
officer or K-9 handler wishing to attend with their partner
requested to contact Sgt. Alan Snow. (609) 386-0262 ext. 214.
in memory of Mic can be made to the
of Burlington Police Department Adopt A Dog program.
farewell planned for city police dog
Police Department will hold a memorial service Tuesday, Feb. 19th for K-9
Mic, a beloved German shepherd who died Saturday after serving six years
on the city's K-9 unit. Mic was on patrol Saturday with his handler, Officer
Matthew Wiesniewski, when he became disoriented. He was rushed to an animal
hospital, where he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and internal bleeding.
He died that day, at the age of 8. “He was a wonderful comrade. My best
friend,” Wiesniewski said yesterday. Mic was raised in Hungary and brought
to the United States in 2001. He and Wiesniewski graduated from the Philadelphia
Canine Academy in the spring of 2002. Mic was trained as a patrol dog,
and was used for building searches, tracking criminals and missing children,
and apprehending criminals. Wiesniewski recalled one incident where police
pulled over a stolen motor vehicle. Police arrested the two passengers,
but the driver fled. “(Mic) ended up finding the guy about 40 yards from
the car, hiding in the woods,” Wiesniewski said. Mic also helped police
track a burglary suspect, and find a gun buried behind a gas station. “He
has done quite a bit in his short life span,” he said. In October, Mic
was tracking a wanted person in Burl-ington Township when he was attack-ed
by two Labrador retrievers. He suffered a broken leg, and returned to work
about a week ago. Wiesniewski said his fellow officers presented Mic with
a “purple paw” award for his bravery. In addition to his patrol work, Mic
visited schools and nursing homes. Wiesniewski said the dog was friendly
and docile in the community. He would do anything to please you,” he said.
“He loved everybody. He was always out there to make a friend.”
memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers
at City Hall on High Street. Any officer or K-9 handler who wishes to attend
with their canine partner can contact:
Alan Snow at (609) 386-0262 ext. 214.
Donations can be made to the City of Burlington Police Department Adopt-A-Dog
program. Wiesniewski thank-ed the community and surrounding police departments
for their support. There are now three active police dogs in Burlington
City — Odie, Max and Duce. The department also has a retired police dog,
by Jim Cortina & E-mail: lsheibley@phillyBurbs.com
The Associated Humane Societies Vested Interest Fund continues to supply
bullet-proof and knife-proof vests to law enforcement K-9s wherever there
is a need. Most recently, the Society delivered a K-9 vest to Burlington
City Police Officer Jaime Lambing’s partner,
K-9 Odie. Also on hand was Police Officer
Matthew Wiesniewski and his partner, K-9 Mic who
had received a vest previously. Both K-9 vests were provided through the
generosity of Moorestown attorney, Mark Catanzaro, who donated the entire
cost of each vest which now costs $825. State Senator Diane Allen (R-7th
District) was on hand to congratulate the officers and their K-9s. Burlington
City Police Officer Jaime Lambing (l.) with his partner, K-9 Odie who was
just presented with a protective vest. Thanks to the generosity of Moorestown
attorney, Mark Catanzaro, he donated the funds to purchase Odie’s vest
as well as the vest that went to Officer Matthew Wiesniewski and his partner,
K-9 Mic. On hand for the presentation was State Senator Diane Allen.
Partner... June 2008 - K9 MYA
Loving Memory of
Handler: PC Jonathan
Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2HD
:+44 (0)1786 456000 - Fax :+44 (0)1786 451177
Rottweiler Dies Of Cancer
first Rottweiler to be used as a police dog in Scotland has died.
Six-year-old Mac was diagnosed with bone cancer and deteriorated rapidly
in ten days. He was put to sleep on January 16. Sergeant Cameron
Shanks, of Central Scotland Police’s Dog Section, said: “It was a shock
how quickly his illness took over. We are all very upset at the loss.”
began limping and his handler Constable Jonathan Inglis took him to the
vet where he received the devastating news that Mac had bone cancer.
Shanks said: “Mac was a very high profile dog as he was the only working
Rottweiler in a Scottish force. He was very obedient and reacted very quickly
to his handler’s commands. He had a massive presence due to his stature
and was exceptionally loyal.”
was found wandering in an industrial estate in Falkirk in 2003 and was
taken to a pound. The Dog Section were made aware of him when nobody claimed
him. Sergeant Shanks said: “I felt at that time that he had the qualities
to become an excellent police dog. The one thing that stood out about him
was his fantastic temperament.”
was placed with Constable Jonathan Inglis and they attended an initial
training course at Strathclyde in 2003. He won best dog on the course.
During his working career, which spanned four years, he attended 1,785
calls throughout the force and was responsible for apprehending 206 criminals
and locating 31 vulnerable missing persons. He was also responsible for
recovering property to the value of £69,000. Constable Inglis
said: “Mac was a fantastic police dog and a great ambassador for the Rottweiler
breed. Together we apprehended hundreds of people, recovered thousands
of pounds of stolen property and more importantly found a lot of missing
persons, in some instances saving lives. “Mac
was an exceptional dog when at home with my family and I. He was placid,
gentle, very sociable and was part of the family. He will be missed greatly
by a lot of people, but most of all he will be missed by me".
Shanks added: “Mac and Constable Inglis were a formidable team. We take
great pride in the fact that Mac was rescued from the dog pound and turned
into one of the most effective police dogs the force
time with us was enjoyable for everyone, especially the dog himself who
was a very happy animal. He will be sadly missed by everyone".
by Jim Cortina
Loving Memory of
Police Officer Serving In Air Force To Wear K-9 Cop's Ashes
police Officer Tim Crane is on leave from the department to serve in the
Air Force Reserve in
He said he believes Makin, his K-9 partner, who passed earlier this month,
will protect him there. Crane and Makin came together when his wife,
Becky, got her as a graduation present from the police academy. "I
knew I wanted to become a K-9 officer with the city of Pittsburgh, and
it just happened; she fell into our lap," said Crane. "I knew she had some
spunk. She had traits that city of Pittsburgh K-9 units were looking for." Makin served for more than seven years. "She was pretty small-framed for
a police dog," said Crane. "What she didn't have in size, she definitely
had in heart. "We would kid and say everyone she sent her on we were able
to apprehend." Makin retired in 2004 and came home to live with Crane,
his wife, children and other dog. But on Jan. 6, at age of 14, Makin had
to be put down. "She was part of the family, like a child, like their
sibling," said Crane. "She was a wonderful girl." Makin's ashes sit
in a place of honor, and when Crane, a chaplain's assistant, leaves with
the 911th Airlift Wing for Afghanistan, he will wear some of those ashes
in a black onyx cross. "She not only protected me here, she will
protect me there, and they say I will need it," said Crane." She will be
with me all the time."
by Renee Konais