YORKIE SETS RECORD FOR SMALLEST WORKING DOG

When you think of working dogs, images of big Golden Retrievers or tall German Shepherds probably come to mind. But just because Lucy the Yorkshire Terrier is a mere 2.5 pounds and less than 6 inches tall doesn’t mean she can’t be part of the canine working class. In fact, Lucy is making her mark, not just as a hardworking therapy dog, but also as the world’s smallest working dog, according to Guinness World Records.


http://www.pawnation.com/2013/05/06/yorkie-sets-record-for-smallest-working-dog/

Police K-9 Units get training at Shore Park in Worcester

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WORCESTER – Police cars lined the parking lot at Shore Park and the sounds of dogs barking could be heard from the street Tuesday as state police trained a few K-9 units from as far way as Gloucester and New York to find narcotics.

Sgt. Jerry Molet, of the Massachusetts State Police, said this program is for dogs making the next step in their training. And Tuesday’s class, part of a nine-week program, was to teach the dogs to dig in the sand on the Shore Park beach to search for narcotics. These are dogs that can already track on the street, but now they’re being given another lesson on how to find narcotics that are hidden from plain sight or buried.

“We use the sand to search for narcotics and shape behavior,” Melot said.

Gloucester K-9 officer Jerry Ciolino and his dog Trident go through the training. Ciolino gives Trident a verbal and physical command to search the sand for a tightly wrapped towel that has the scent of marijuana on it. The dogs will eventually be trained to be able to find cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamines.

 

http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2013/04/police_k-9_units_get_training.html

Crime Stoppers has chosen K9s4COPs founder as this year’s Leon Goldstein Award recipient

K9s4COPs Founder Receives Crime Stoppers Award

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K9s4COPs Founder, Kristi K Schiller, receives the Leon Goldstein Award at the Crime Stoppers Luncheon.

Crime Stoppers has chosen K9s4COPs founder Kristi Schiller as this year’s prestigious Leon Goldstein Award recipient.

This award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to fighting crime in the greater Houston area. K9s4COPs Founder, Kristi Hoss Schiller embodies the citizen resolve for which this accolade was established.

“I could not be more humbled to be given this distinction,” said Schiller. “We work daily to add to the safety of our community and schools – on behalf of our the entire K9s team, it is in honor to be recognized by another national non-profit for giving back.”

In December 2009, Schiller saw a story on the murder of K9 Deputy Blek, a Czech-German Shepard working in the Precinct Four Constable’s Office.

Moved and inspired to impact community safety, Schiller founded K9s4COPs, a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing highly trained and skilled K9 officers to area law enforcement agencies. K9s4COPs is the only 501(c)(3) of its kind in the United States.

Schiller’s first gift of four K9s to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office launched the widely successful and innovative K9s4COPs. Crime Stoppers is honoring Kristi Schiller for her dedication to providing our law enforcement partners with the very dogs that make it possible for officers to safely and effectively protect our citizens.

In two years, K9s4COPs has granted 36 K9s to 17 agencies in seven states, averaging $12-15,000 each. These K9s are a vital part of keeping communities and schools safe.

“Kristi Schiller has singlehandedly strengthened the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in our pursuit to keep our community safe,” said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “If not for her leadership and vision, our K9 Unit could not have been doubled, almost overnight, with patrol, narcotics and bomb sniffing four legged deputies.

“Kristi is owed our highest respect and honor for her commitment to keeping Harris County the safest in America.”

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K9s4COPs Founder Kristi K Schiller with Houston Police Department & Harris County Sheriff’s Office K9s Officers at the Crime Stoppers Luncheon.For more information, please contact K9s4COPs Communications Director Jenna Jackson at jenna@K9s4COPs.org.

CCV Rutland students collect over $2,000 for K9 vest initiative

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RUTLAND, VT – Earlier this year students in Rosalie Fox’s Introduction to Sociology course at the Community College of Vermont’s Rutland academic center partnered with the Vermont Police Canine Association on a service learning project to raise funds for the purchase of protective vests for Vermont police dogs. Students will present Bob Ryan, treasurer of the Vermont Police Canine Association, with a check for the money raised to date at 10:00 A.M. on May 2, in a ceremony being held at CCV Rutland. Donations will continue to be accepted until Memorial Day.

Over the course of the month-long In”vest” in K9’s Best project, students from two additional CCV Rutland classes – Fox’s Dimensions of Freedom course, and Duane Tompkins’s Introduction to Criminology class — became involved in the initiative. Fundraising events such as a benefit breakfast hosted by Genesis healthcare, a raffle for a donated, dog-print quilt, and significant contributions from community businesses such as Rutland Regional Medical Center and Wagatha’s Organic Dog Biscuits helped propel total donations to an amount exceeding that of the cost of a single canine vest, typically averaging around $1,200.

According to Fox, the money raised will be used to purchase a vest for a Vermont K9. Excess funds, Fox said, have been earmarked for the purchase of a new canine for Rutland City or training for the city’s current K9s.

Attending the event on Thursday will be CCV students, instructors and senior-level administrators, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, and representatives from Rutland City Police, Vermont Police Canine Association, Genesis Healthcare, and other community supporters of the project.

http://vtdigger.org/2013/05/02/ccv-rutland-students-collect-over-2000-for-k9-vest-initiative/

Oklahoma Police K-9 Found Dead Inside Cruiser

EDMOND, Okla. — Police are investigating the possibility that a faulty vehicle air conditioner caused the death of a beloved Edmond K-9 officer.

“It is with great sadness that we must report the death of one of our beloved K-9 dogs, Justice,” said Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe.

Monday afternoon, Justice’s handler found him lethargic in the back of the handler’s squad car, Monroe said. He was rushed to the vet where he later died, Monroe said.

It appears Justice overheated, Monroe said.

Officers were inspecting the vehicle’s air conditioner unit to help determine what contributed to the cause of his death, Monroe said. The vehicle was running with the AC left on during the time Justice was in the vehicle.

Justice was primarily used as a single purpose, non-aggressive dog within the Edmond Public Schools to detect illegal narcotics, Monroe said.

In September 2010, The Edmond Sun reported the story of how Justice came to the Edmond Police Department from the city’s Animal Welfare Center. He was a stray black Labrador brought into the shelter. A police officer told Edmond Animal Welfare Officer Michael Reynolds the Police Department was looking for a suitable dog for its K-9 division.

One day, Reynolds was in the shelter, looking among the dogs for a candidate, a dog possessing a lot of energy and drive. He came to a group of three labs. One of them, the black Labrador, was different.

“There was just something about him, his actions,” Reynolds said. “He acted like he was bored and wanted to go out and play.”

Reynolds gave Edmond’s K-9 division a call and the dog, who would be named Justice, began a new life, a journey toward becoming a police dog. Justice was paired with School Resource Officer Dack Pearson, who said man and dog went through an initial pre-training bonding period that included a lot of playtime.

Justice was certified by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to find marijuana, cocaine, meth and heroin. Several times due to his ability to find drugs Justice made headlines.​

http://www.officer.com/news/10932518/oklahoma-police-k-9-found-dead-inside-cruiser

Police unveil K-9 memorial

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Police unveil K-9 memorial

BY NATHAN CUSHING

UPDATE #1 — MAY 1, 2013; 1:59 PM

The recent death of a police K-9 inspired a local man to create a memorial, unveiled Wednesday morning, honoring deceased K-9s from across the region.

After hearing about the death of Richmond Police K-9 named Koda (see below), David Booth, owner of Richmond-based Booth Memorial, used his business to create a memorial stone. Engraved on it are the names of each known deceased K-9 that’s served with Richmond, Henrico, and Hanover police departments since 1957. The stone weighs approximately 2,700 lbs. and is roughly 4’2″ tall.

“It’s important that these dogs be remembered for their service and the challenging job that they dedicated their life to doing,” Booth said.

The memorial was unveiled this morning during a ceremony at the Richmond Police K-9 facility at 814 Forest Lawn Drive. photos courtesy of Richmond Police

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ORIGINAL — JULY 10, 2012

A Richmond Police K-9 is dead after suffering from a terminal illness only recently diagnosed. Koda, a six-year-old German Shepherd, was in distress and discomfort Saturday and immediately taken for emergency veterinary care. Veterinarians discovered Koda suffered from an undisclosed terminal illness. He was euthanized.

“Koda loved to work. He loved tracking, he was excited about his job and he loved catching bad guys,” said K-9 officer Montague Agee, Koda’s partner. “There was nothing more important to him than to find something or catch that suspect and get his toy as a reward. His favorite toy was a purple octopus that squeaked. It’s funny because he’s supposed to be this ‘vicious’ dog and yet the best thing in the world to him was to run around with this purple octopus that squeaked.” Officer Agee and Koda graduated together from patrol school in December 2007 and had been partners since. Koda made 55 suspect apprehensions and located approximately 25 pieces of evidence during his career. He was specifically trained to find firearms, shell casings, and bullets.

Koda and his purple toy

“Koda and Officer Agee are reflective of the high quality of our K-9 Unit,” Police chief Bryan T. Norwood said. “We will miss the team of Officer Agee and K-9 Koda and their dedication to the K-9 Unit, Richmond Police Department, the City of Richmond and to the law enforcement community.”

Richmond Police will formally recognize Koda during the Department’s Salute to Excellence Awards on August 9th. Anyone wishing to send cards, donations or learn more about the K-9 Unit may do so via the Friends of the Richmond K-9 Unit at P.O. Box 25495, Richmond, VA 23260; K-9 Sgt. Michael Bohannon at Michael.Bohannon@richmondgov.com; or K-9 Officer Monty Agee at Montague.Agee@richmondgov.com.

Officer Agee and Koda

http://rvanews.com/news/k-9-dies-after-serving-with-richmond-police-for-nearly-5-years/62590

Fundraiser to purchase new police K-9 unit

The Conroe Police Department plans to add a K-9 unit and might bring on a second one with the help of VFW Post 4709 in Conroe.

The post, along with the Conroe Police Officers Association, will host the fundraiser at noon Saturday in hopes of raising money for the second dog and possibly a vehicle. The Police Department has committed to funding one K-9 officer and vehicle.

Former K-9 officer Cassie was a narcotics dog and retired about eight months ago, said Conroe Police Sgt. Mark Walls, a member of the Conroe Police Officers Association.

 

“That left us without a K-9,” he said. “I spoke with the chief about it and (the department) is on board with getting a couple of K-9s.”

The Police Department already has one vehicle equipped to handle a K-9 unit, as well as the funding to purchase and train the dog.

However, a second unit would require another vehicle at a price tag of around $55,000, plus the expense of purchasing and training the dog (around $12,000 to $14,000).

While the department has funds, there are also other priorities that need to be addressed with the money, according to the Police Department.

Walls said having a second unit would help spread the workload.

“If we just have one dog, it is a strain on the officer to be available 24/7,” he said. “With two, we have much better coverage.”

Gary Bridges, post commander for the VFW Post 4709, said several of the post’s members are police officers and the organization is happy to help.

“Having a police department the size of Conroe and a city the size of Conroe that doesn’t have a K-9 unit at all is really bad.” Bridges said. “(K-9s) are very useful.”

Bridges said he is confident the fundraiser will be successful. In the past, the VFW has raised up to $40,000 during one event. He donated the use of the facilities, located at 1303 W. Semands, while local grocery stores have donated the food and other items. Barbecue plates will be $8, and there will be raffles, a cake walk, a live auction and a silent auction.

“I think we are going to have a big day,” he said. “People are very generous.”

Wall said he is happy to have the help of the VFW and the funds would help get the department the dogs that could specialize in different areas, such as tracking and holding or narcotics.

A K-9, he said, would be beneficial in tracking missing children or elderly, as well as tracking more dangerous suspects. In addition, a K-9 officer would be key in detecting narcotics during traffic stops.

“If we have reasonable suspicion that a subject may have drugs in the car but won’t give us consent to search, we can use the dog to run around the vehicle and if the dog alerts on the car, it gives us probable cause to enter the car and search the vehicle for drugs,” he said.

The process to get the dogs on board and on duty will take several months, Walls said. The dogs and the handler must both go through training together and kennels for the dogs have to be built at the handler’s home.

“It’s a process,” he said. “It won’t be overnight. We want this to be a successful program, we want it to work and we want it to work properly.”

​http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/fundraiser-to-purchase-new-police-k–unit/article_f63f3682-83b8-530e-961c-110a7ab8ed2c.html

Retired Boynton Police Dog Dies

Ully was Officer Brian Adams’ partner from August 2001 through December 2007.

“During his tour, K9 Ully was responsible for the apprehension of over a 100 criminals, including burglars, robbers and kidnappers,” said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater in a statement. “Those who knew K-9 Ully knew him as a warrior and a hunter of those who preyed on the innocent and fled from justice. He will be missed and remembered for his dedication to the BBPD.”

In October 2004 Ully led officers to one of three men suspected of stealing a woman’s purse from an outdoor table at the Boynton Ale House. Ervin Neal, 22, Patrick Evans, 24, and Ernest Neal, 19, led police on a chase in a stolen blue Chevrolet Impala after allegedly grabbing the woman’s purse.

All three West Palm Beach men bailed out of the vehicle. Ervin Neal and Evans were caught by Lake Worth and Boynton officers. Ully led officers to Ernest Neal, who was hiding in bushes.

In June 2003 Ully caught a man who police say used a handgun to rob two women of their cash and then fled the scene in their vehicle. Jesus Ruiz, 18, was chased by four police agencies, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s helicopter, and the U.S. Coast Guard. In the end, it was Ully who found Ruiz at the Four Seasons Resort on Palm Beach.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/retired-boynton-police-dog-ully-dies/nXd8h/

Roseville K-9 officer Major, who survived stabbing, meets peaceful end

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Roseville police officer John Jorgensen used to joke that his K-9 partner was indestructible.

As a 2-year-old, Major developed bloat, an often fatal condition that causes a dog’s stomach to fill with gas. He had pots broken over his head. Suspects punched and kicked him.

On one police call, Jorgensen said, Major nearly drowned chasing a man in to a lake.

On Nov. 12, 2010, he proved his grit again when a man involved in a Maplewood burglary repeatedly stabbed the dog with a butterfly knife.

The assault left Major paralyzed in his hind legs and forced his retirement from the police department, but it didn’t kill him.

Two and half years later and in deteriorating health, Major was euthanized at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. He was 11 years old.

Using a wheeled sling to preserve mobility, he lived out his retirement with Jorgensen and his family.

“He was a tough dog. … He caught a lot of bad guys and made a strong name for himself and I was lucky and honored to have him as a partner,” Jorgensen said. “I miss him terribly, but I think he is in a better spot. He is probably chasing down bad guys on four good legs now.”

In his final days, Major had started to develop pneumonia and was going on his third bladder infection in three months.

“I promised myself and I promised him that we would make that decision if his quality of life deteriorated to the point where he was too weak and The old partners spent Major’s last day driving around to spots they’d patrolled together during Major’s eight years with Roseville police. For his final meal, he was given cheeseburgers from McDonald’s and ice cream from Dairy Queen.

 

 

he didn’t have the same happiness,” Jorgensen said of the choice to put Major down. “It was just time.”

The man who assaulted Major, Roel Joseph Perez Jr., was sentenced in February 2011 to 120 days in jail, but ended up serving a year after he violated the terms of his probation, Jorgensen said.

The Roseville police officer pushed for harsher penalties for those convicted of assaulting police dogs after the attack on Major.

In 2011, Gov. Mark Dayton signed new legislation that makes any assault resulting in substantial bodily harm to a police K9 a felony.

Major’s death is a blow to the entire Roseville Police Department, said Lt. Lorne Rosand.

“They were great crime fighters,” Rosand said of the work Jorgensen and Major did for the department. “They did a lot of wonderful things for our agency and for the citizens of Roseville.”

Jorgensen has been working with a new police K9, Otis, for the past year.

“I always say if Otis ends up being half the police dog Major was, he will be phenomenal,” Jorgensen said. “He was truly a handler’s dream.”

 

​http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_23151743/roseville-k9-officer-major-euthanized-2-1-2

CCV Rutland students collect over $2,000 for K9 vest initiative

RUTLAND, VT – Earlier this year students in Rosalie Fox’s Introduction to Sociology course at the Community College of Vermont’s Rutland academic center partnered with the Vermont Police Canine Association on a service learning project to raise funds for the purchase of protective vests for Vermont police dogs. Students will present Bob Ryan, treasurer of the Vermont Police Canine Association, with a check for the money raised to date at 10:00 A.M. on May 2, in a ceremony being held at CCV Rutland. Donations will continue to be accepted until Memorial Day.

Over the course of the month-long In”vest” in K9’s Best project, students from two additional CCV Rutland classes – Fox’s Dimensions of Freedom course, and Duane Tompkins’s Introduction to Criminology class — became involved in the initiative. Fundraising events such as a benefit breakfast hosted by Genesis healthcare, a raffle for a donated, dog-print quilt, and significant contributions from community businesses such as Rutland Regional Medical Center and Wagatha’s Organic Dog Biscuits helped propel total donations to an amount exceeding that of the cost of a single canine vest, typically averaging around $1,200.

According to Fox, the money raised will be used to purchase a vest for a Vermont K9. Excess funds, Fox said, have been earmarked for the purchase of a new canine for Rutland City or training for the city’s current K9s.

Attending the event on Thursday will be CCV students, instructors and senior-level administrators, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, and representatives from Rutland City Police, Vermont Police Canine Association, Genesis Healthcare, and other community supporters of the project.

http://vtdigger.org/2013/05/02/ccv-rutland-students-collect-over-2000-for-k9-vest-initiative/