The police chief for the Modesto (California) Police Department has a special plan for the K9 who was partnered with fallen police officer, Sgt. Mike Pershall. According to the Sacramento Bee, if the city council gives their approval, Sgt. Pershall’s canine partner, “Ike,” will be sold to Pershall’s family for $1.
For all intents and purposes, the Belgian Malinois, who is valued at over $9000, will be given to Pershall’s family. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll explained:
It is not a good deal for the police department to lose the dog, but there is also the human factor of, you have a wife and two kids who just lost their dad, and that’s the family dog. What is the right thing to do?”
Modesto Police Canine Association president and K9 handler Daniel Starr echoes Chief Carroll’s sentiment – believing that Ike should be with Pershall’s surviving family. On August 22, Sergeant Mike Pershall was killed by a suspected drunk driver who hit him while he was riding his bike.
On August 23, the Modesto Police Canine Association expressed grief over the loss of Sgt. Pershall:
Words can not truly express how devastated we are over the murder of Sgt. Michael Pershall. Mike was promoted from the K-9 unit to the rank of Sergeant just a few days ago. While off duty, Mike was riding his bicycle near his home, when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.
Mike was a Modesto Police K-9 handler for over 3 years prior to being promoted to Sergeant. Mike was a true friend to all who met him. He was a great Officer, handler and dad to K-9 Ike and everyone knew he was going to be a phenomenal supervisor.
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