Minus a leg, police dog back on duty
A 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.”
Posted by John Woestendiek December 19th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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