No hard feelings: K-9 Officer Knox gets his man but licks his face

K-9 Officer Knox led Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies to a Land O’Lakes man wanted for assaulting a Hernando sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday. The high speed chase through two counties ended with the arrest of Paul Daniel Smith, who was videoed on an officer’s bodycam, showing his head just above the water in a nearby swamp.

The video, posted on the Facebook page of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, shows Knox licking Smith’s face after the dog led his fellow officers to the suspect.

“Stop resisting. Look you’re coming out,” a deputy yelled over to Smith. “I know that,” Smith replied. “Just don’t put them on tight.” “Yeah right,” the deputy replied.

Smith’s bad day began earlier when Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call. While questioning Smith, they noted his license plate on his truck had been stolen and tried to arrest him. Smith, instead, took off in his truck, and it wasn’t until he hit a pole that he stopped and fled on foot into a nearby swamp.

According to the Bradenton Herald, Smith was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude and violation of probation. He is also charged with several felonies in Hernando County

Check out the video here.

The video shows the track just before the suspect is discovered by K9Knox and initial efforts to remove the suspect from the thick mud. He was later freed with the assistance of several other deputies.

We do want to warn viewers that there is coarse language used by the suspect in this video.

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Update on K9 who was taken from family after officer’s reassignment

The K9 who was taken from his family after his handler, Officer Richard Galanti of the SEPTA Transit Police Department, was reassigned, will now be allowed to live with Galanti’s family. According to CBS Philadelphia, though SEPTA was initially adamant that the dog, Abal, would be assigned to a new handler, the decision has since been reversed.

On Friday, SEPTA issued a release about the controversial separation:

When SEPTA Transit Police K9 Abal began training with his new handler, it was noticed that he was having some difficulties physically performing his duties. A subsequent evaluation by doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital revealed that he has a degenerative bulging disc in his back. Abal has been treated by the doctors, and is resting comfortably.

Due to the strenuous nature of the work required of a dual-purpose explosive detection and patrol K9, SEPTA, in consultation with the doctors at Penn, today made the decision to retire Abal from active duty. As a pet, Abal should have a healthy future ahead of him, and SEPTA is grateful for his service over the last five years. Abal will be made available for adoption to the family of his former handler, Ofc. Richard Galanti.

The Galanti family had a tremendous amount of support from the public, who backed their desire to keep Abal in the home where he had lived for five years. A petition asking that the K9 be allowed to remain with his family garnered over 168,000 signatures.

Prior article about K9 Abal’s situation can be found here.

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Police K9 put down after suffering injury while chasing suspect

A K9 with the Houston Police Department was euthanized after suffering a terrible injury while chasing a suspect. On February 21, the Department alerted Facebook followers about the unexpected and tragic death of Rony, a Belgian Malinois:

“Overnight, we lost one of our own; K-9 Rony. Information known is that K-9 Rony and his partner, Senior Officer Dennis Shadden from the Tactical Operations Division were searching for a suspect that had been driving a stolen vehicle and subsequently led officers on a pursuit that ended when the suspect crashed into a bayou in Harris County and then fled on foot to a heavily wooded area. The suspect was eventually apprehended and faces charges.”

According to the Department, Rony was grievously injured in the midst of pursuing the suspect in the heavily wooded area. The wounded K9 was transported to a veterinarian for emergency treatment, but he did not survive.

According to The Maven, the nine-year-old dog was euthanized because of a shattered elbow. According to KTRK News, despite the shattered leg, Rony still tried to get up and chase after the suspect. The decision to put Rony down, rather than amputate his leg, was made because his other legs were “arthritic.”

Dr. Laura Ron told the news agency, “Amputating his leg would not be fair because that puts a lot more weight on his remaining legs that would make them fail and they’re already on a lot of medications so even though it was the most horrendous of options, it was the most fair for the dog.”

(screenshot via the Maven/Blue Lives Matter)

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Police K9 killed after accident with man arrested for DUI

A police K9 is dead following an accident with a man who was arrested for felony DUI, reported ABC 4 News.  K9 Mojo and his partner were in a North Charleston Police Department cruiser, while en route to a burglary call, when they were struck by a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Richard Shore on Thursday night.

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On Friday, the North Charleston Police Department alerted Facebook followers that the grievously injured K9 had passed away during the night:

K-9 MOJO passed away overnight as a result of a collision that he and his handler K9 VanAusdal were in. Officer VanAusdal was responding to a call of a burglary in process.

Mojo’s partner, Officer VanAusdal, was seriously injured in the accident; he was taken to MUSC for treatment. Mojo had served with the police department for over five years. Chief Reggie Burgess commented on the tragedy:

“I ask that each of you keep the families of our beloved Brothers MacCluen and K9 MOJO in your thoughts and prayers. And we pray for a full and speedy recovery for PFC VanAusdal. You can rest assured that the department, as well as the city, will be there for them during this difficult time.”

The department was struck by two separate tragedies on the same day – Ryan MacCluen, an off-duty officer who had been with the department since August 2016, was killed in Summerville after a vehicle struck him while he was riding a motorcycle.

(Screenshot of booking photo ABC 4 News)

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K9 partner of fallen police officer: his ‘heart is broken’

The K9 partner of an Ohio police officer who was killed in the line of duty this month is devastated over the loss…and a photo posted by the Ohio Going Blue Facebook page, showing the sad dog’s face, has gone viral. On February 12, the page posted the poignant image and stated:

This is fallen Westerville Police Officer Eric Joering’s K9, Sam. He was in the back of Officer Joering’s cruiser during the shooting. Sam is staying with his original trainer right now. He says Sam is doing ok, but his heart is broken too.

Last weekend, 39-year-old Eric Joering, and 54-year-old Tony Morelli, were fatally shot while responding to a potential “domestic situation.” According to Fox 8, Joering was a 17-year police veteran and Morelli, a 30-year veteran.

Though Sam initially was staying with his original trainer, he has since been relieved of his police duties and he will be retiring to live with his partner’s family. The Ohio Going Blue Facebook page posted the news on Tuesday.

“Just received word that Officer Joering’s K9, Sam, will be retiring and will live with the Joering family!”

(Image via Ohio Going Blue Facebook page)

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Police K9 ripped away from only family that he has ever known

A family has been torn apart after a police K9 was taken from the only family that he has ever known. The fractured family took place after Steve Patterson’s November 6 resignation from his position as the chief of police for the village of Camp Point in Illinois.

Patterson intended to pay for his K9 partner, Poseidon, but that option was pulled from the table.  Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn stated that the dog was city property and told Herald-Whig’s news-gathering partners at WGEM, “at some point we had to take control. You don’t just give away village property.”

After Poseidon was taken from his family, Patterson wrote a post to Facebook:

“POSEIDON HAS BEEN RIPPED FROM HIS FAMILY. Our family’s hearts have been forever broken, my kids are crying so hard right now. They had the Quincy Police Department come pick up Poseidon. Some things are completely UNFORGIVABLE. I have offered to pay full price for Poseidon AND pay for a new dog but they have elected to come take him away from his family. Poseidon has never spent a night outside or in a kennel while with me. I cant imagine what is going through Poseidon’s mind. Please share so everyone can see what these people have done.”

Since that time, a petition has been created asking for the city to allow Poseidon to be purchased by the Patterson family – according to the petition, not only is the value of the dog intended to be paid, but also, training for a new police K9 (click here to read more and sign).

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Sheriff’s Office mourns unexpected and tragic death of K9

A sheriff’s office in Caledonia, Minnesota, is mourning the unexpected and tragic death of a police K9. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of the working canine, Ray, on Thursday in a Facebook post to page followers:

It is with great sadness we at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office inform you of the passing of our K-9 Ray.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the police K9 was struck and killed by a vehicle while off-duty. According to the Post-Bulletin, the young German shepherd, not quite two years of age, had escaped from his handler’s country property before being hit by a car.

The Sheriff’s Office noted that Ray was excelling in his work as a police K9 – they stated:

Although Ray was a new member of the Sheriff’s Office, he was doing a fantastic job as a K-9. He and handler Lt. Trace Erickson made a great team . Ray was brought on board to fill the paws of K-9 Chance who had recently retired. We appreciate his service. K-9 Ray… rest in peace. You will be sadly missed.

Rest in peace Ray.

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Last call: Police K9 dies after falling from parking garage

The last call has been made for a police K9 who died days after falling four stories from a parking garage. The German shepherd, named Argo, was a K9 with Missouri’s Normandy Police Department.

According to the Department, K9 Argo suffered serious injuries when he slid during a hailstorm and fell from a parking garage on November 5. The fall broke one of Argo’s legs, his ribs, and chipped a vertebrae, in addition to causing significant bruising. Initially, though Argo was seriously injured in the fall, his veterinary team was optimistic that he would make a full recovery.

In fact, shortly before he passed away, it appeared that Argo was turning the corner and doing much better. On Tuesday night, the Normandy Police Department broke the tragic news of Argo’s unexpected passing to Facebook followers:

It is with regret that the Normandy Police Department announces the sudden and unforeseen passing of Normandy Police Canine Officer Argo this evening.

We were notified that Argo took an unexpected turn for the worst, going into cardiac arrest. We ask for your thoughts and prayers for his handler Officer Miller and his family at this difficult time.

Rest in peace Argo.

 

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New York State Police K9 Will killed while performing his duties

The New York State Police are mourning the loss of K9 Will who was killed in action on Monday. While Trooper Shaun Smith and K9 Will had been helping in the execution of a search warrant at a home in the town on Greig in Lewis County, a dog from the home ran and began an attack on Will.

According to Breaking 911 News, Trooper Smity fired one round from his gun striking the leg of the pit bull that had been attacking will. Apparently the bullet ricocheted off the gravel driveway and struck Will in the stomach. He was rushed to the Countryside Veterinary Clinic and underwent surgery but did not survive.

K9 Will was a three-year-old Belgian Malinois and had been working with the New York State Police since April 2017. He had been named after fallen hero Trooper William G. Doyle who had been shot and killed by an escaped prisoner from a mental institution in 1967.

Rest in peace Will and William. An investigation is currently underway.

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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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