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Minus a leg, police dog back on duty

yaskoA California police dog who lost a leg to bone cancer is back on the job.

Although his duties have been cut back, and uncertainties remain about his future health, Yasko, a 7-year-old German shepherd who works for the Paso Robles Police Department, showed no signs of cancer after the surgery, without which he probably would have had less than a year to live.

“This is where he wants to be,” Officer Tod Rehner told The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. “He loves working.”

Paso Robles’ Friends of the K-9 Inc., aided by a $1,000 donation from Wal-Mart, raised money for the dog’s $1,500 surgery,according to Sgt. David Bouffard, another canine handler and Friends’ president.

Yasko will only be used in drug investigations now, though he is trained in protection, tracking, searching, apprehension and narcotics detection.

“He’ll still be very effective at that, so we’re lucky, but this is a big loss to our program,” Bouffard said. “Yasko was one of the better tracking dogs in the county.”


Comment from Paul Davis
Time December 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

This is a great story, I have a 10 yr old Mali who recently was diagnosed with bone cancer and he had to be retired and he hates as I do to. I am glad to hear of the good outcome for his dog.

Comment from Wyatt Ray Dawg
Time December 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm

So hoppy to see another pawesome Tripawd is still on duty! To see other great three legged dogs, come visit me at my home, Tripawds.com!

Comment from Howard J
Time December 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm

I understand what you and your pup have and are going thru as I have lost two of my K-9 partners due to cancer.
KC was a Rotti 11 years old and Gretchen a Dobi only 7 years old.
At this time I have a 3 year old Shepherd Rex for two years and He is my pride and joy…
Take care and may he stay clean…

Comment from Joe K9
Time December 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Awsome story about the best working breed in Law Enforcement. I lost my first K9 to an undetected cancer.

Comment from Wooden Dog Crate
Time November 12, 2010 at 11:05 pm

It’s sad to see dogs suffer from Cancer..