Tag: police dog
The trial began yesterday for a former Miami-Dade police officer charged with killing a K-9 with a series of kicks.
Duke, a Belgian Malinois, died in 2006 after collapsing during a training exercise with handler Sgt. Allen Cockfield, according to the Miami Herald.
Cockfield is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and a felony count of killing a police dog. If convicted, he faces possible prison time and the loss of his state police certification. Cockfield contends any blows he might have administered were in self defense.
“He was simply trying to save himself,” defense attorney Douglas Hartman said.
Authorities arrested Cockfield, 55, in 2007 after a one-year investigation by Miami-Dades Police Department’s internal affairs unit. Cockfield spent more than two decades as a canine handler with the department, which has since fired him.
Miami-Dade prosecutor Isis Perez told jurors yesterday that Duke was not obeying commands during a training exercise, prompting Cockfield to lift the dog up by its leash and kick it three to five times.
“He stiffened his hind legs, shaking as he was going into some sort of seizure, and a few seconds later he became numb, and that was it,” a fellow police officer who witnessed the incident testified.
Cockfield’s attorney disputed that account, saying the dog was behaving aggressively and his client was trying to protect himself.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 28th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: allen cockfield, animal cruelty, animals, belgian malinois, court, dade, dog, dogs, florida, investigation, K-9, k9, killed, law, law enforcement, miami, news, pets, police, police dog, training, trial
A police dog in Alabama died Friday after his handler left him inside a patrol car between shifts, police said Monday.
The internal affairs divisionof the Montgomery Police Department is investigating the incident, a spokesman said.
The officer has been transferred from the K9 division and could face further discipline depending on the outcome of the investigation, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.
The dog, named Urso, was laid to rest Monday.
Police said the officer had driven Urso to the Police Department’s kennel mid-morning Friday, but “just forgot” to check him into the kennel. The officer returned to the kennel for his next shift at 8 p.m. and found Urso dead inside the vehicle.
A police spokesman said the officer, who wasn’t named, is “emotionally devastated” by Urso’s death, which is believed to be heat-related.
Urso, a German shepherd, joined the department four years ago after being trained at a facility in North Carolina.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 28th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alabama, animals, death, dogs, forgot, german shepherd, handler, heat, K-9, k9, left in car, montgomery, news, officer, ohmidog!, partner, pets, police, police dog, urso, vehicle
A police dog from Buffalo tracked down a shoplifting suspect in Canada — even though the alleged culprit was submerged in a swamp.
Thor, a two-year-old German shepherd, and his handler Lt. Sam Losi, were in Niagara-on-the- Lake to participate in training drills with the Niagara Regional Police canine unit.
Sgt. Jeff Hopkins, head of the Niagara canine unit, was conducting training when he received a call to assist in a search for a shoplifting suspect. With no other dogs at his immediate disposal, he invited Thor and his handler on the call.
They were told a man had been seen shoplifting from SportChek at Niagara Square, ran from security officers and had disappeared in a swampy area behind the mall.
Thor tracked the suspect’s scent from the mall to the swamp and jumped into the water. He came to a stop on what appeared to be a mound of debris in the water.
“We looked closer and saw what looked like a pant leg and a nose sticking out of the water,” Hopkins told the Niagara Falls Review. “He was totally submerged under water.”
A 45-year-old Niagara man was pulled from the swamp and is now being treated at a local hospital. No charges have yet been filed.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 23rd, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, buffalo, canada, crime, dogs, german shepherd, K-9, k9, news, niagara, niagara regional police, ohmidog!, pets, police, police dog, scent, shoplifting, submerged, suspect, swamp, thor, tracking, training
The Atlanta Humane Society on Monday gave a $5,000 reward to the woman who provided the names of two people eventually charged with shooting and killing a Griffin police dog.
Jimi, a two-year-old German shepherd, apparently strayed onto a nearby property, where he was shot. The dog’s body was found last November dumped along the side of a rural Georgia road in Lamar County.
Lamar County investigators announced the arrest of Kevin Pippin, 37, last month.
Lamar County District Attorney Richard Milam said he plans to ask a grand jury in June to indict Kevin Pippin, 37, and his mother, 66-year-old Geraldine Pippin, for misdemeanor animal cruelty, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The Humane Society said the woman who provided the names was unaware of the reward at the time she gave the information.
Jimi’s handler, Griffin police Cpl. Chad Moxon, and his family also put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing Jimi, who was trained at detecting drugs and explosives and tracking people.
Hayes received that $1,000 reward earlier, though the case has yet to go to court.
(Photo: Jimi, on the right, with Moxon’s other dog, Yager)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 20th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruetly, animals, chad moxon, georgia, german shepherd, griffin, information, Jimi, K-9, k9, kevin pippin, killed, Lamar County, news, ohmidog!, pets, police, police dog, reward, shooting, shot
A Pennsylvania community is mourning the loss of Ricky, an 11-year-old German shepherd with an outstanding temperament and an even more impressive resume.
Among his accomplishments, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported:
Helping protect two presidents; assisting at ground zero after 9/11; apprehending numerous criminals; checking hundreds of potential bomb sites, four of which contained live material; locating two missing children, one of whom was autistic; and interacting with thousands of elementary-school students.
Ricky, who belonged to West Caln Township Police Chief Curt A. Martinez , began his career when he was less than a year old at the Coatesville Area School District, where Martinez worked at the time as a school district security officer.
In May 2002, a budget crisis led the district to put Ricky on the auction block, a decision that provoked public outrage and led to Ricky’s appearance in People magazine. The ensuing publicity helped raise the $4,000 needed for Martinez to buy Ricky.
When Martinez went to work in the West Caln police deparment in Chester County, he took Ricky went with him. Martinez has led the West Caln force for three years.
Martinez said Ricky began barking incessantly last week. After visits to the veterinarian and the animal hospital, Martinez learned the dog had a softball-size tumor in his spleen.
“He was clearly in pain,” Martinez said today. “We had to put him down.
“Everyone in the township is taking it pretty hard,” Martinez added. “It’s a loss to the community, too; he was a great police dog.”
A memorial service will be planned, but Martinez has not worked out the details.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 17th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, chester county, coatesville, curt a. martinez, dogs, euthanasia, euthanized, german shepherd, K-9, k9, pennsylvania, pets, police, police dog, put down, ricky, school district, security, spleen, tumor, west caln township
A Monterey County Sheriff’s Department dog was euthanized Wednesday after escaping from the home of his handler, killing another dog and attacking a second.
The dog, a Belgian Malinois named Bosco, ran away from the Aromas home of Deputy Justin Patterson, prompting a four-hour search on land and by helicopter, the Monterey County Herald reported.
Later that morning, a resident called 911 reporting that Bosco had killed their family dog and attacked another pet dog. Bosco was held in a kennel by the homeowner until deputies arrived.
The sheriff’s K-9 was euthanized Wednesday afternoon because it had “acted unexpectedly” once in the past. Officials declined to reveal details of the earlier incident because of pending litigation.
Bosco, purchased from the Netherlands, had been with the department about two years.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 15th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: aromas, attacked, belgian malinois, bosco, county, dog, dogs, euthanasia, euthanized, justin patterson, K-9, k9, killed, monterey, pet, police, police dog
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.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 30th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: blek, burglary, cornelious harrell, crime, deputy constable, dog, dogs, friend, handler, harris county, houston, K-9, k9, partner, police, police dog, strangled, suspect, ted dahlin, texas
Suspects in a Houston-area home burglary have confessed to choking to death a police dog who was pursuing them, FOX 26 in Houston reported.
Harris County deputies sent K-9 teams into a wooded area Tuesday night in search of two of the three suspects, but one of the dogs — a five year old German shepherd mix named Bleck — never came back and was later found dead.
One of the suspects who was found in the woods confessed to fatally choking the dog, Fox26 reported. A third supect was found in a car trying to escape from authorities.
Members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office say a necropsy will be performed on the dog.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: burglary, choked, crime, dog, dogs, duty, harris county, houston, K-9, k9, killed, law enforcement, necropsy, police, police dog, police dogs, pursuit, search, strangled, suspects, texas
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.
Tags: amputation, bone cancer, california, cancer, dog, donations, german shepherd, health, K-9, k9, law enforcement, medical, paso robles, police, police dog, surgery, tod rehner, veterinary, yasko
An Alameda police officer shot and killed one of her department’s own dogs when the dog attacked her and bit her arm.
Billy, a Belgian Malinois, and his handler were among those responding Thursday to a burglary at a Coast Guard recruiting center. The dog was being used to flush out a suspect when he bit a uniformed officer assisting on the call. The dog did not let go when his handler ordered him to do so.
The name of the officer who shot the dog was not released. She was treated for bite wounds to her left arm and released, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Billy had been with the department for more than three years.
On May 5, another police Belgian Malinois died after being left inside an Alameda officer’s personal sport utility vehicle as the officer attended a use-of-force training exercise.
The department has suspended the use of its two remaining police dogs pending a review of “all the facets” of the K-9 program, including the circumstances that led up to Billy being deployed and his death, Scott said.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alameda, belgian malinois, billy, bit, bite, bitten, burglary, california, crime, K-9, k9, killed, officer, police, police dog, shot