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Partner remembers his police dog, Blek

Harris County Deputy Constable Ted Dahlin, whose police dog, Blek, was strangled by a burglary suspect last week, says he shared a special bond with the five-year-old shepherd and considered him both his partner and best friend.

“It’s a big commitment, not just for the handler, but for the dog as well,” Dahlin said. “They say the dog picks the man. The personality of the handler is the dog’s and vice versa.”

Blek was trained to find people and sniff out explosives. Dahlin said his precinct spent about $13,000 for the dog and the training. Dahlin spent six weeks in Indiana learning how to handle the dog, including how to give commands in Czech.

Blek, on the job for more than three years, ran into a wooded marsh in North Houston in pursuit of a burglary suspect last week. When Blek did not come back, Dahlin and other officers began searching for him, according to a report in yesterday’s  Houston Chronicle.

“My lieutenant and sergeant found him,” said Dahlin, with whom the dog lived. “My sergeant met me before I got there, held me back, and gave me a hug. I knew at that point what happened.”

Cornelious Harrell, 17, is accused of choking the dog Dec. 22 after police interrupted a burglary. He has been charged with burglary and interference with a police service animal, a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.

In court Monday, prosecutors said Harrell choked Blek from behind after the dog cornered his 15-year-old brother. Prosecutors said the brothers and three other suspects were fleeing the scene of a burglary.


Comment from Starla
Time December 30, 2009 at 10:52 am

Oh, my heart goes out to Officer Dahlin. My son & daughter-in-law are both Police Officers in a dept where they have K-9 Officers. The K-9’s are regarded as fellow officers & loyal partners. When one is killed it is devastating to the PD & especially the K-9 Officer. I hope these punks are tried as adults & punished to the max for murdering K-9 Officer Blek. Run free at the Bridge, Blek. You were a good boy.

Comment from Anonymous
Time February 22, 2012 at 2:29 am

Was there justice for Blek? I love German Shepherds and this really bothers me

Comment from a guy with cats
Time April 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Cornelious Jarvez Harrell, DOB 9/18/1992, was sentenced on 4/2/2010 to seven years in the Texas Department of Corrections, Clemens unit, for burglary of a habitat committed on 12/22/2009 and again on 3/26/2010 and again on 3/27/2010. His TDCJ ID is 01658710. Sadly, I cannot find any conviction related to the death of Officer Blek. I hope Harrell serves every second of his very short sentence.

Comment from a guy with cats
Time March 1, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Update: Cornelious Jarvez Harrell was denied parole on 11/06/2015 when it was determined that he was predisposed to commit further criminal acts when released, that his accrued good conduct was not an accurate reflection of his potential for rehabilitation, and that his release would endanger the public. It doesn’t appear that he is turning his life around.

His next parole review date is October 2016.

His projected release date is currently 04/09/2017.