Memorials to Fallen K-9s
The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners 
 I need your help to inform me of such losses.

Dept. addresses available for those who want to send condolences to officers. See below
In Loving Memory of
January 23, 2003 - May 13, 2015

Handler & Partner: Officer Dennis Bradshaw
Monroe Police Department

Sorry to announce the passing of one of our CPWDA (Connecticut Police Working Dog Association) K9's.
Liberty's partner, Officer Dennis Bradshaw, is from the Monroe Police Department.  She passed away
in her sleep tonight, May 13th. Dennis has been a long time valued member of the CPWDA
since 1/23/03. Our thoughts are with him and his family.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

April 11, 2015
Handler: ? 
Khammam, India
Cops Bid Farewell to Irreplaceable Luni
Police personnel paying tribute to the deceased police sniffer dog, Luni, in Khammam on Saturday.
Luni, a sniffer dog attached to the Dog Squad of Khammam police, died here on Saturday. She was suffering from illness
for the past few weeks. Luni served the dog squad for over eight years. Police personnel including AR DSP Sanjeev, reserve
sub-inspector Shankar, in charge of the dog squad. Srinivasa Reddy paid their last respects to the canine.  The iconic
 canine was successful in locating detonators and gelatin sticks at Musalimadugu Village in Wyra Mandal in 2013. The canine
 won 6 rewards and got second prize in a state meet, held in 2014, in Hyderabad. The canine had also impressed
DIG Malla Reddy and SP Shanavaz Khasim with her performance during a dog show.
submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

Handler: ??
(will put info when I receive)  LRK

In Loving Memory of
January 13, 2015

Handler: Officer C. Reynolds 
Coweta County Sheriff’s Office

(need info)

 In Loving Memory of
February 7, 2015

Handler: Roger Victor - Pennsylvania 
Cadaver dog laid to rest

For almost eight years, a furry companion stood by Roger Victor’s side, waiting to serve her master and the Fayette County Coroner’s Office. But after a short battle with a dangerous tumor, the German Shepherd, Lady, was laid to rest last weekend. “She was part of our family. It’s been really hard having to say goodbye to her,” said Victor, chief field investigator with the county coroner’s office. Lady was the Victor family’s pet and was trained as a cadaver dog to work on rescue calls. “Lady was having a hard time walking, so we took her to Blout Veterinary where they did a few laser treatments,” said Victor.


She recovered a little bit, but still had internal problems. X-rays later revealed a massive tumor attached to her spine. “She was given steroids, and she perked up for about two weeks. But it didn’t last. She was in pain, and we didn’t want her to suffer,” he said. After Lady was euthanized, they had her cremated. She now rests in a donated urn in the family room. Victor said they have received dozens of text messages, sympathy cards and flowers since Lady’s death. “It’s hard to explain the loss. When I would come to the house, she would always be there. Now she’s not.” “It’s tough. I believe animals are better than people when it comes to understanding you.


They know when you’re down, when you’re happy,” he said. In her career, Lady had eight confirmed recoveries of human remains, most of them in bodies of water. The two that stood out in Victor’s mind were ones in Connellsville and Ohiopyle. A little over two years ago, a Somerset County man went to Ohiopyle State Park, and was reported missing after his family hadn’t heard from him and his vehicle was found in a parking lot in the state park. Several weeks had passed without any luck when Lady was called in.

“We went up and down the river with rafters and Lady hit on something in a certain spot along the river,” said Victor.


“She kept barking and letting us know she smelled something. We called the scuba team in and after all that time, they recovered the body.” Victor said though it was a difficult situation for everyone involved, he knew that finding the body “brought closure to the family.” Lady also helped locate the body of a young drowning victim almost three years ago in Connellsville. When the 17-year-old Mount Pleasant victim was swept under the heavy currents, search and rescue teams were not able to locate him. “We had Lady sniff a couple pieces of the teen’s clothing and begin her water search on the rafts. After a few passes in one area, she let us know that something was there,” said Victor.


The scuba team came in and found the body a short time later. “It amazed the chief that Lady found the body,” he continued. “Afterwards, we talked to the family and let Lady go to them. They were hugging her and crying with her. I know Lady found that rewarding.” Lady joined the Victor family after Roger picked her out of a litter his daughter owned. The runt of the litter, she was first known as “Little Lady.” It wasn’t long after that when he initiated certain tests to see if she would make for a good cadaver dog. Their previous dog, a black lab named Shadow, was also a family-trained cadaver dog.


“We played little games of hide-and-seek with the grandkids — they would go hide in the fields and trees on a friend’s property and Lady would go find them. We knew she would make a good cadaver dog,” said Victor. Another training method included putting ground meat into a tennis ball, letting it spoil, and hiding and burying it for Lady to sniff out and find. He would also drop it in the river and she would locate the scent, even in the swift currents. “All of the local fire departments and police forces knew she was available, and they called us when needed,” he said. “We usually located the body within an hour’s time. The guys really appreciated the dog being there.”   Submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA

In Loving Memory of

January 9, 2015
Handler: David Dissellbrett 
Alaska Search and Rescue
Anchorage rescue dog dies after eating antifreeze
Anchorage police are investigating the possible poisoning of a 5-year-old search-and-rescue dog, which died Thursday after
 eating antifreeze-laden food at a home near the Campbell Creek Trail. APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in a Friday
 statement that police were informed Thursday of the incident, on the 4700 block of Grumman Street off Tudor Road.
 The animal has been used for search and rescue by Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs for the past three years.
 “The owner of the 5-year-old female English Shepherd, Little Su, said the dog became sick the day prior and was
 taken to the vet,” Castro wrote.

“A sample of fluid from the dog confirmed that the dog had consumed antifreeze; meanwhile the dog owner found a
 container outside near their property containing a mixture of chicken and antifreeze.” Little Su's owner, David Dissellbrett,
 told Channel 2 Friday afternoon that the poisoned food which killed his dog had been left less than 10 yards from the
 back door of his home. He said that whoever had done so had been targeting their house. Castro couldn’t confirm
whether the death was related to a Facebook post, forwarded to Channel 2 Thursday night, warning dog owners of a
 container holding “dog food and antifreeze” being left on the trail.

The post said that one dog had already eaten the deadly mixture. According to the Humane Society of the United States
the ethylene glycol in antifreeze is what kills dogs, who are drawn to its sweet taste. Manufacturers agreed
to incorporate a bittering agent in 2012, but antifreeze poisoning -- which initially manifests as lethargic behavior
within 30 minutes of ingestion -- remains a grave concern for pets. “The second phase, which can last up to three days,
 is characterized by symptoms such as vomiting, oral and gastric ulcers, kidney failure, coma and death,” Humane
Society officials wrote.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen unequivocally called Little Su's death a poisoning, in a statement issued
Friday afternoon. She says troopers and Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs are coordinating with the owners to cope
with the dog’s loss. “Right now, they’re just dealing with the death of their dog,” Ipsen said. “As you can imagine,
 they’re devastated.” Ipsen said Little Su was important to the law-enforcement community as well as its owners.
“This was a 5-year-old dog, and it was going through pretty extensive training to be a search-and-rescue dog,”
Ipsen said. “Not only was it a loved pet, it was a pretty valuable asset as well.” Castro asks anyone with information
 on Little Su’s death to call APD at 786-8900. or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or through
its website.

Submitted by Jim Cortina, Dir. CPWDA