Westbrook officer, K-9 credited with saving life of woman who attempted suicide

Westbrook Police Officer Phil Robinson and his K9 Roxie were credited with saving a suicidal woman who ran into the woods off Andover Road in Westbrook.

Westbrook officer, K-9 credited with saving life of woman who attempted suicide


WESTBROOK, Maine — Westbrook police Officer Phil Robinson and his K-9, Roxie, were credited with saving the life of a woman who was attempting suicide Saturday evening, the department said in a press release Sunday.

At about 10 p.m. on Saturday, Westbrook police responded to a report that a suicidal person had run into the woods off Andover Road. The distraught 25-year-old woman had made one suicide attempt and fled from people who were trying to assist her, the press release said. Robinson and Roxie were able to locate the woman quickly and interrupt a second suicide attempt. The woman was taken to Maine Medical Center by Westbrook Rescue.

Roxie was able to track the woman and located her well away from where she had initially been reported.


Westbrook Police Officer Phil Robinson and his K9 Roxie were credited with saving a suicidal woman who ran into the woods off Andover Road in Westbrook.


Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Offered Free Service Dogs

Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Offered Free Service Dogs Through Nonprofit NEADS/Dogs For Deaf And Disabled Americans

PRINCETON, Mass., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans announced this week that victims of the Boston marathon bombing who have sustained a physical disability are being offered assistance dogs through the creation of a new fund. NEADS is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that places assistance dogs nationwide.

The funds raised will be restricted to cover the costs involved with supplying assistance dogs to the victims of the Boston marathon bombings should they decide, in the future, that an assistance dog will bring them renewed independence and connection. “For many years now, our office has partnered with NEADS by hosting young service dogs in training,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. “We are grateful to those donors who have agreed to fund service dogs for victims of the marathon bombings and look forward to working with NEADS to identify appropriate homes for these incredible animals.”

NEADS is working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Victim Assistance Program and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance to distribute information and identify potential recipients of assistance dogs. Going forward, the fund will be opened to include all victims of violent crime in Massachusetts who have sustained a physical disability and who feel that they would benefit from an assistance dog.

Gerry DeRoche, Chief Executive Officer of NEADS said, “The value and impact that our service dogs provide to those in need is immeasurable. We are happy to offer our help, and hope that by establishing this fund, marathon bombing victims receive the independence, comfort and companionship our dogs provide.”

The Boston Duck Tours (BDT) has come on board as a lead donor to this fund. In addition, a BDT staff-wide contest is being held to name the fund, which will be announced on May 14.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.neads.org.

NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that provides life-changing independence, companionship and connection to people with a disability. NEADS carefully matches clients with the right dog and provides ongoing support during their entire relationship. NEADS has led the industry since 1976, matching over 1,400 expertly trained assistance dogs with people who need them.

SOURCE NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans

/CONTACT: Cathy Zemaitis, NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, 978-422-9064 ext 36, czemaitis@neads.org, www.neads.org

/Web site: http://www.neads.org




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.


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


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.



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

K9s4COPs Founder Receives Crime Stoppers Award


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.”


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

May 02, 2013

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.


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.​


Police unveil K-9 memorial



Police unveil K-9 memorial


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


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.”