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).

A fundraiser to help cover expenses for K9 Poseidon can be found at this link.

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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.

(Image via Houston County Sheriff’s Office)

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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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Police Chief has special plan for K9 who was partnered with fallen officer

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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Police K9 dies unexpectedly while pursuing child abductors

A working K9 with Ohio’s Green Township Police Department died unexpectedly while pursuing suspects wanted for abducting a child. Dino, a seven-year-old German shepherd/Belgian malinois mix, was assisting his handler, Corporal Tony Leidenbor, just before midnight on September 25 when he suffered a “medical event” and collapsed to the ground.

In a Facebook post, the Department wrote:

Just after beginning a track for the suspect, Dino collapsed and stopped breathing. He was rushed to Grady Veterinary Hospital .

The veterinary professionals were unable to revive the K9.

According to the New York Post, the police had been in pursuit of armed “masked gunmen” who had stolen a woman’s money and a child before fleeing in an SUV. The men ditched the vehicle after being pursued by officers, leaving the abducted child behind – one suspected was arrested and three more are still being sought.

The Department commented on the impact of this unexpected loss of their K9 “family” member:

Dino has been with the department since 2011 and was very much a part of our police family. He had a reputation as an outstanding police canine and very much loved his work. He will be sorely missed.

(Image via Facebook)

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These deputies helped honor a K9 military hero

A K9 military working dog, who recently lost his battle with cancer, was laid to rest with the help of deputies in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. “Febe,” a retired Military Working Dog (MWD), was laid to rest at the Heavenly Acres for Pets – Pet Cemetery, in Elm Grove on Friday. Deputies with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office escorted the military hero to his final resting place.

The 11-year-old German shepherd had retired from his duties on September 11, 2015. The working K9 served at Camp Victory in Baghdad with his handler, Tech. Sgt. Tommy Hollis, a Bomb Explosive Detector for the 2nd Security Forces at Barksdale Air Force Base.

“It was a privilege and a great honor to participate and lead this funeral processional for this war hero,” said Bossier Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Bearden.

(Photos by Dep. Jesse Bearden, Bossier Sheriff’s Office, and from the MWD FEBE Facebook page)

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According to TODAY, the officer in the photo is Kenneth Somma and his K-9 partner is Eddie.

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Tragic ending for police department K9

There was a tragic ending for a police K9 who escaped from a kennel at his handler’s home in Lebanon, Indiana. According to the Lebanon Police Department, K9 Nico was killed by a car after he managed to escape from his kennel enclosure.

The dual-purpose K9 was trained to detect drugs, as well as help apprehend suspects. The Department wrote,
When Nico was not chasing after suspects and sniffing out drugs, he was at home with his handler and family.” They added, “Nico was social, caring, and even seemed to be able to sense when someone needed some extra attention. He will be missed.”

WishTV reported that Nico escaped from the outdoor enclosure at his handler’s home on Saturday – he died on Sunday. Nico had been partnered with LPD Officer Tommy Nash for nearly two years.

(Lebanon PD image)

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Ailing K9 honored in final ceremonial walk before being put down

A police K9 in Middletown, Connecticut, was honored in a final ceremonial walk before his handler was forced to put him down because of a terminal cancer diagnosis. On September 1, the Facebook page for the Middletown Police Department posted poignant images of the canine being saluted as his handler walked him to a veterinary hospital to be humanely euthanized.

Sgt. Doug Clark, Middletown K-9 Supervisor, wrote:

Officer Michael D’Aresta unfortunately has to make the toughest decision any K9 handler dreads making this evening at Pieper Olson in Middletown at 1830 hours.

K9 Hunter has been ill for that past several days and when tests were conducted they revealed that K9 Hunter has a very aggressive form of Liver cancer. They unfortunately recommended that he be euthanized.
Officer D’Aresta and Hunter have been an exceptional team serving the City of Middletown in a high caliber since 2007.

Adding the words that are were so painfully apparent to anyone viewing the photos:

So as you can imagine, this is extremely difficult for Mike and his family.

Rest easy K9 Hunter.

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