Galt Police Department Loses Last K9 To Accident, Waiting On New Recruits

GALT (CBS13) – The Galt Police Department is facing a major setback after losing two of its K9 officers.

If you’re a bad guy, you definitely don’t want to meet Bo the dog on the streets of Galt.

“Never complains, he’s always jumping at the door ready to go,” said Officer Brian Nino.

Whether it’s sniffing out drugs or protecting his partner, Bo is always ready.

“He does everything at about 150 percent. He doesn’t like to slow down, but unfortunately he’s going to have to, to prevent future injury,” said Nino.

Over the weekend, Bo was at an event showing off his takedown skills, but he landed wrong — breaking his ankle. Now he may need metal plates put in his leg.

“That’s what the surgeon is going to look at today, potentially put some plates in there today so he will have some good mobility for the remainder of his retirement,” said Nino.

Bo’s injury is too great for him to keep going.

This is the second dog to leave the Galt Police Department this year.

“It’s been an extremely difficult year up to this point,” said Nino.

Officer Kevin Tonn was shot and killed by a man during a burglary call in January. Tonn’s dog, Yaro, retired after his death.

Now Galt doesn’t have any K9s working the streets.

“We’re hoping that we’ll have a dog in the next couple of months, and they will go through a five week training program,” said Nino.

As for Bo, he’ll spend his retirement with his partner of seven years whom he loves so much.

“He’s part of the family and that’s why, once he retires, there is no other place for him at home than with us,” said Nino.

The Galt Police Department says it will pay for two new dogs with money raised by the community.


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K9 sniffs out 11 lbs of marijuana during a traffic stop

​COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina men are in jail after a police dog sniffed out 11 pounds of pot in their car during a traffic stop.

The State of Columbia reported Friday ( ) that John Desmond Kelly and Harvey Jai Johnson are both charged with trafficking marijuana. Both men are in their late 20s.

Columbia police said it was no coincidence the drug-sniffing K9 was around. Officers said they watched the men leave a residence being monitored because of suspected drug activity.

Officers who quickly stopped their car reported smelling raw and burned marijuana. They also seized about $5,000 in cash.

Kelly and Johnson were booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Officials at the jail had no information about whether the pair had yet hired lawyers.

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K9s4COPs gives dog to Cambria County Sheriff’s Department


EBENSBURG, CAMBRIA COUNTY— The Cambria County Sheriff’sDepartment will be getting a new K-9 officer for free.

The department was recently chosen as one of six nationwide to receive the dog trained from K9s4Cops.

“I never thought we would receive something like this,” said Deputy Steve Szymusiak.

‘We are very excited about getting a dog trained by the nations best, like Delta Forces and Navy Seals,” said Sheriff Bob Kollar.  “This is not costing the tax payers a dime.”

Szymusiak is the K9 officer for the county, his current partner, Ali, will be retiring due to health complications.   The department was faced to come up with more than $10,000 to get a new K9.

‘We were trying to raise funds through a basket raffle,” said Szymusiak.

Through this grant which pays for the dog and its training won’t cost the county any money.  Szymusiak is disappointed to loose Ali as a partner but he will enjoy his retirement with Szymusiak and his family and welcome to dog.

The basket raffle will still be held April 28, 2013; proceeds will no go to buying safety equipment like a bullet proof vest for the dog.


Injured Fontana Police Dog Likely to Make Full Recovery

Steve Bechtold, a Fontana police officer, pets Jaris, his partner, on Tuesday. Jaris was thrown out of a second-story window by a parolee and may need surgery to treat head injuries. Police are hopeful the dog will return to work.

A Fontana police dog may need surgery for head injuries after he was thrown out of a second-story window by a wanted parolee, police said Tuesday.

Jaris, a 6 1/2-year-old Belgian malinois, was taken to a veterinary specialist in Orange County on Monday for X-rays.

Police had hoped Jaris would be back at work next week, but on Tuesday they noticed more swelling on his “As much as we thought he was out of the woods, he’s not,” said police Sgt. Tom Yarrington.

nose and a bulge on his forehead.

Police sent Jaris into a home in the 9500 block of Mango Avenue on Sunday to take Bryan Bills, 28, of Fontana into custody.

Bills was listed as an armed and dangerous parolee who was wanted back in custody.

When the dog ran toward Bills, the man used the dog’s momentum to throw him out of an open window. Jaris fell and landed on his head on the concrete below.

On Monday, Fontana police were unsure if Jaris had suffered brain damage from the fall.

A veterinarian who specializes in police service dogs found no other injuries besides a large gash on the dog’s head. But officers on Tuesday noticed swelling on Jaris.

Police said the veterinary specialist suggested it could be from damage between his sinus and brain. The specialist asked police to bring the dog in for another examination.

Jaris appeared to be in good spirits Tuesday, despite being sedated and having a bandage around his head. Officer Steve Bechtold comforted his canine colleague.

“He’s my partner. He’s with me 24/7,” Bechtold said.

Reporter Josh Dulaney contributed to this report.

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Dog that served 3 Afghan tours has new job as police K9


INDIANAPOLIS — Pete’s career as an explosives and firearms sniffer started out with the U.S. Marine Corps — in Afghanistan.

But after three tours as one of the few and the proud K9s in the corps, Pete came to Indianapolis five months ago to join the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and handler Cpl. Jeremiah Pool on duty at the City-County Building.

Every day, they sweep courtrooms and offices for bombs, guns and ammunition that shouldn’t be there.

Pete, a 5-year-old black Labrador retriever originally from Yuma, Calif., spent about nine months at a time in Afghanistan during his tours of duty.

That’s about all Pool knows about Pete’s experiences there. Military rules apparently prohibit release of details of Pete’s wartime experiences, or even the name of his former handler, Pool said. He wishes he could learn that much, at least, to let the Marine know how Pete is doing now and maybe asking for a photo of the playful pup on military duty.

Pete’s transition to civilian work was seamless, Pool said.

A lifelong dog lover who already had two miniature Schnauzers as pets, Pool is the one who had to be trained to work with a law enforcement K9. The only adjustment Pete had to make was to occasionally work on a leash as he previously worked exclusively off-lead, Pool said. But it wasn’t a problem.

“He didn’t care,” Poole told The Indianapolis Star.

The two bonded instantly, and Pete never leaves his side, Pool said. The Schnauzers have adapted fine, too.

When Pool gives the command for Pete to go to work, he’ll search for explosives, guns and bullets that are where they shouldn’t be. So he doesn’t alert to Pool’s weapon or the guns of other officers.

On a training exercise, Pool said, he took Pete to the basement parking area of the City-County Building, where police and other law enforcement vehicles would be expected to hold weapons. But Pete ignored those and quickly homed in on a single bullet left out in the open, Pool said.

Pete alerts by assuming a down position. His reward: a hard rubber dog toy.

That’s play for him, and he likes other kinds of play, too. After this weekend snowstorm, Pool took behind to the courtyard behind the City-County Building and a colleague threw snowballs into a stretch of snow. Pete never tired of the game of finding the disappearing ball, often “alerting” to the spot where it disappeared.

Pete also is a great ambassador for law enforcement because he’s so friendly and approachable.

“Kids love him. Judges love him,” Pool said.

Although based at the building, Pete also sometimes goes out with officers serving warrants at locations where it’s suspected weapons might be present, Pool said.

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Nationwide effort seeks to protect K9s with bullet-proof vests

Like many conversations we have daily in the K9s4COPs office and social pages, more people are now discussing the safety concerns for the police K9s and how to take that extra step to keep the dynamic duo both safe out on the streets.

A bulletproof vest for a K9 can cost up to $1,000 each, causing a strain on departments since many do not have the funding within their budget to purchase them. These vests can save the lives of both our officers out on the streets and protect the K9 from numerous types of harm.

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Supreme Court ruling has curbed the use of narcotics K9s



A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is curbing the use of drug sniffing K9 dogs.


The ruling stated that law enforcement cannot bring drug-sniffing dogs onto a suspect’s property to search for evidence without first obtaining a search warrant.
That means K9s cannot be used to secure those probable cause affidavits, which lead to search warrants.
Veteran K9 Officer Chad Bailey and his dog, Rex, work in both narcotics and apprehension.
Bailey said they don’t use the dog to collect evidence to secure warrants, rather they use their dog once the search warrant is obtained.
However, evidence collected in public spaces, such as parking lots of highways can be used as probable cause to obtain search warrants.


“We use our K9s for traffic stops, sometimes we do narcotics searches on traffic stops, we also use it often on any time we track a suspect that’s committed some type of felony such as a breaking and entering and has taken off,” Bailey said.


Officials say, if, while on a call on an individual’s personal property, the K9 hits on a drugs or something suspicious, that evidence can be used to get a search warrant. Officers have to be on the property for an unrelated offense.

Bill requiring restitution for killing or harming police dog passes Indiana Senate

The Indiana Senate today passed a bill 42-7 that would require restitution from those who kill or harm police dogs.

The bill would require a court to order restitution of a person convicted of harming or killing a police dog or interfering with the actions of a law enforcement officer while the animal is assisting. Police dogs can cost more than $8,000.

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Indiana Senate could see K9 restitution bill next week

Police dogs Kilo and Magnum each were killed in the line of duty within weeks of each other last year in or near Anderson in confrontations with armed gunman.

Their handlers have testified that the people who kill these K9 officers should be held financially responsible.


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