Quintus passed away over the weekend following a sudden illness. He was 7 years old and had spent the past six years helping get drugs off the streets along with K-9 officer Blane Rodgers.
“The K-9 program and Quintus have done many positive things for us in the community from drug to dirty money seizures,” Lt. Jim Barnes said. “We are all mourning the loss at this point.”
Rodgers was selected as the K-9 handler when Quintus was purchased from K9 Concepts in Broussard, La. and the two attended 80 hours of training to become certified by the National Police Canine Association.
The two hit the streets in October 2006 and proved to be a valuable asset to Huntsville. Before the Walker County Sheriff’s Office added a K-9 program in the fall, Quintus was the only police dog in the county for his first five years of service. During that time he assisted such law enforcement agencies as the WCSO, Texas Department of Public Safety and Sam Houston State University Police Department.
Quintus was in on a number of narcotics busts, including helping detect more than 200 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 45 and a 5,000 tab ecstasy find. The German Shepherd also helped law enforcement seize more than $225,000 in drug money in two separate cases.
Aside from also assisting in the apprehension of several suspects by tracking and locating evidence, Quintus was an asset in educating students and other groups around the community through various law enforcement programs.
“Quintus was a valuable resource not just as a police dog, but also a learning tool,” Barnes said. “We all used his help at some point and he did a tremendous job helping us make the streets safer for the entire community.”
Rodgers would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers during this time. He would also like to thank Dr. Gerry Etheridge, Dr. Phillip DuVall and the staff from Huntsville Pet Clinic and Magnolia Kennels for their assistance throughout Quintus’ career as well as HPD, the Sheriff’s Office, DPS and University Police.
A private memorial service for Quintus is planned later this week.
Barnes said HPD will explore getting a replacement for Quintus at a later time.