September 17, 2014
dies of heat stroke
The Maryland Heights
Police Department is
investigating the death
of one of their K-9’s.
Police say the dog died
of heat stroke, while
left in his handler’s
backyard. Zeus came to Maryland Heights in 2009, all the way from Germany.
Throughout the past five
years, the German
Shepherd helped fight
niffing for drugs and
tracking down suspects.
The dog also had a
gentler side, spending
time with kids at Ranken
Jordan Hospital, and at
National Night Out
block parties. But three
weeks ago, on a hot
summer day, Zeus was
found dead in the
backyard of his handler.
According to Maryland
Heights Police Chief
Bill Carson, a
veterinarian performed a
necropsy, and determined
that the seven year-old
dog died of heat stroke.
Now, Carson says an
has been launched, to
determine whether Zeus’s
handler was negligent in
any way, and what could
have been done
looking into whether
shade and water were
provided, and the length
of time the German
Shepherd was left in the
heat. Maryland Heights
is bringing a new K-9 on
board to replace Zeus.
The new German Shepherd,
named Rolf, will cost
roughly $14,000 to
purchase and train. The
department’s K-9 program
is funded by forfeiture
funds, which is money
awarded to the police
department from drug
by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
In Loving Memory of
August 28, 2014
Handler: Sgt. Jason
Fortuna Police Department
621 11th St.
Fortuna, CA 95540
Fortuna Police Department K-9 Zorro
apprehend hundreds over 8 years
Zorro began his police dog
career with Sgt. Jason Kadle in
2006, when the department first
activated its K-9 program.
He was born and trained in Germany.
Sad news hit the city of Fortuna on
Friday when the police department
announced the death of retired K-9
Zorro after a sudden
illness. "Zorro was a part of our police department family, and he was a
working dog for over eight years,"
FPD Chief William Dobberstein said.
"When he retired in April, he became
a family pet for Sgt. Jason Kadle
and his family." Dobberstein said
Zorro died Thursday morning after
becoming sick about two weeks ago.
"He couldn't use his back legs and
he was just kind
of scooting around, and he wasn't eating or drinking, so Jason took him to
the vet," Dobberstein said. "Zorro
medication, but this came on real suddenly and we don't really know what
it was — maybe something internal,
but we just aren't sure."
Zorro began his FPD career with
Kadle when the department activated
its K-9 program in 2006. Born and
trained in Germany.
Zorro was purchased from Master K-9 in San Bernardino to join the FPD
ranks. "Every day he came into the
his handler, Jason, and he was a good dog," Dobberstein said. "Anyone
could come up to pet him, and he was
with kids. But when it was time to work, he knew." During his time as an
FPD K-9, Zorro helped with hundreds
apprehensions and assisted almost every law enforcement agency in the
county, according to an FPD press
In addition to his time catching the bad guys, Zorro would make trips to
schools or other city events with
to meet with the community and
demonstrate his handler protection
"When he was with the department,
he had some stuff happen,"
Dobberstein said. "One time he broke
a tooth during training,
so he got a titanium tooth to replace it. He was just a really good dog,
and I wish he would have had more
enjoy retirement." Nordy took over
as the new police K-9 after Zorro
retired in April. "We don't really
happened with Zorro. Maybe it was
that he wasn't coming to work
everyday with Jason and now he was a
I really don't know," Dobberstein
said. "He was part of our police
family, and he will be greatly
submitted by Jim Cortina,
In Loving Memory of
July 10, 2014
Handler: Lt. Shane Krieger
East Aurora Police
571 Main Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
Police Mourn Loss of K9 Officer
East Aurora Police are mourning the loss of
one of their own. K9 Officer Zando passed away
early Thursday morning
due to medical complications. He served with the department for seven
years, and he and his handler, Lt. Shane
were instrumental in several major drug arrests. Zando will be laid to
rest during a private service.Flags in the
Village of East Aurora will be flown at half
staff to honor the K9 officer.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
April 1st week, 2014
Handler: Officer Jeff Savage
Tearkana Police Department
Officers with a Southwest Arkansas police department
paid tribute Monday to one of their own as they
German Shepherd named Zorg. The K-9 canine officer died
last week from natural causes. They laid him to rest at
East Memorial Gardens in Texarkana. He was Officer Jeff Savage's partner
on the Texarkana Police Department's
force for seven years. "It is a connection that only
another K-9 handler could understand but because the
go through with the dogs, because they really become a
part of the family," Savage said. "It is like losing a
member." After he retired, Zorg lived with Savage and
his family. "He was my brother, he was like my big
Amber Savage said of the dog. Police said Zorg excelled
in the area of narcotics detection and was responsible
several drug seizures. East Memorial Gardens Cemetery has a special
section designated for police K-9s.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA
Loving Memory of
February 10, 2014
Handler: Officer Eric
Berlin Police Department
Berlin, CT 06037
Cancer Claims Berlin's 1st Police Dog
Cancer claimed the town's first police dog Tuesday,
but not before the black shepherd was brought to the
police station in his handler's cruiser and driven
slowly past 30 officers and civilian staffers who
bid Zeusz farewell.
dog, who has been partnered with Officer Eric Chase
since it was acquired by the department in 2006, was
euthanized to spare it more misery, Deputy Chief
John Klett said Tuesday afternoon.
"The dog was on active duty even today," Klett said.
"Zeusz was at the range this morning with Officer
Chase, who then brought Zeusz here for a last time.
It's been a tough few months for Zeusz. He was a
great dog. He was our first."
Chase was advised Monday that Zeusz's condition was
worsening rapidly and that the dog should be put
down immediately, police said. Chase delayed doing
that for a day so he could bring Zeusz for a last
farewell. "These dogs live with their handlers,"
The Hartford Courant
"They become part of a family. I'm sure this is hard
for Officer Chase."
Zeusz's death leaves the department with one
other dog, a shepherd named Titan, handled by
Officer Aimee Krzykowski. She was one of 59 people
commented about Zeusz Tuesday evening on a posting
on the Berlin Police Department's Facebook page.
Among the condolences posted was one from the
Connecticut Police Work Dog Association: "Sad news
to hear. Rest well K9 Zeusz."
Chase and Zeusz attended the spring 2007 state
police canine patrol training school, graduating
that May. The dog was trained as a patrol partner
and to detect narcotics, Klett said.
Chase and Zeusz were honored in 2012 at the
awards ceremony with a department service award for their key role in
helping track suspects in a July 2008 bank robbery.
Hours after the robbery at the Webster Bank on
Webster Square Road, Case and Zeusz responded and
searched a wooded
section where someone had reported seeing the robbers. The pair found
about $5,000 of the $50,000 stolen from the
bank and a day later found a ski mask dropped by one
DNA evidence from the mask helped convict the two
men who were eventually charged with the robbery,
(submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA)