Chula Vista Police Share Emotional Photo as 7 Year Old K9 Officer Griffen Dies Unexpectedly


K9 officer Griffen was clearly much loved. Sympathies to all who knew him personally, and especially to his grieving partner and human family.

Griffen was a Belgian Malinois.

NBC San Diego

K-9 Griffen, a seven-year-old Chula Vista police dog, passed away Saturday by the side of his handler, the officer’s family, and other members of the K-9 unit, police confirmed.

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K9 Officer Bronx Given Hero’s Retirement Sendoff as He’s Adopted by His Human Partner


White culture on fine display in Bakersfield, California.

Daily Mail

This is the touching moment Belgian Malinois, ‘Bronx’, is given a guard of honour after eight years service with the force.

Bronx leaves the police station in Bakersfield, California for the last time to a round of applause from his human colleagues.

The nine-year-old dog is accompanied by his handler Senior Officer Chris Dalton as he finishes his final shift.

‘He is one of the longest serving K9s our agency has ever had.

‘Chris and Bronx have been partners since January 2010, and have served on the SWAT Team since 2014.

‘Bronx has done numerous demos for schools and tour groups at our department, and has been awarded many awards throughout the years for his dedication, skills, and work.

‘Thank you for being a loyal K9 all these years, Bronx.’

Canine Officer Dies in Hot Car Because of Handler’s Negligence


Although it’s heartbreaking to post the stories of dogs left to die in hot cars, I do so to remind everyone to be alert for the presence of dogs inside cars until the weather cools off this fall.

Daily Mail

A sheriff’s deputy in Utah has been charged with recklessly causing the death of his patrol dog after he left the K-9 in his patrol car in soaring heat.

Cache County sheriff’s deputy Jason Whittier, 36, accidentally left his K-9, Endy, in his vehicle when he got home from work around noon on July 3.

When Whittier returned home at 11.30pm, he realized that Endy was not in his outside kennel and found him instead in his vehicle, dead.

Some people are too stupid to be trusted with a dog!

Whittier has been charged in First District Court with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class B misdemeanor that could lead to a $1,000 and up to six months in jail if convicted.

‘Deputy Whittier then left his residence to participate in family activities, inexplicably leaving Endy in his patrol truck,’ charges from the Cache County Attorney’s Office state, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Endy died of a heat stroke on July 3, when temperatures reached 95 degrees.

Sheriff Chad Jensen said on Tuesday that Whittier was distracted when he went inside his home.

The pooch, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, had already died by the time Whitter found him.

Jensen said Whittier immediately contacted his division commander and was placed on administrative leave as an internal investigation took place.

The investigation found the officer violated the department’s policies and procedures.

Whittier was placed on leave without pay and will be reassigned away from the K-9 unit.

Comments at the Daily Mail suggest locking Whittier up in a hot car to die. If that were the punishment, all of the dead police dog stories that I see would come to a screeching halt. Severe punishment is a deterrent.

Lobos the Drug Sniffing Dog Scores a Big Arrest of a Remarkably Fat, Ugly Mexican Woman Drug Mule and Her Partner

The beauty of Lobos, above, contrasts with the disgusting ugliness of two arrested drug smugglers, below, busted by Lobos.

You can’t fool the nose of man’s best friend.

My San Antonio

Lobos, the K-9 unit responsible for numerous drug busts in Central Texas, thwarted yet another alleged attempt at smuggling drugs across the state on Monday.

The driver, 41-year-old Linda Montiel, and her passenger, 24-year-old Pablo Ruiz, both of Laredo, were arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Lobos and his handler, Sgt. Randy Thumann of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Canine Unit, conducted a traffic stop at about 1:40 p.m. Monday on a Chevrolet Impala on Interstate 10 at Mile Marker 658 for a traffic violation.

While speaking with the driver and passenger, Thumann identified discrepancies in the pair’s travel plans. He believed the two may be transporting illegal narcotics from Laredo to Houston, a news release said Monday.

The occupants gave Thumann consent to search the vehicle, and he deployed Lobos, a Belgian Malinois drug-sniffing K-9, to sweep the vehicle’s exterior. Lobos was not initially able to determine where the drug scent was coming from, according to the release.

But Lobos and the sergeant ultimately found 5.4 pounds of cocaine, valued at about $245,000, taped to the female driver’s body, according to the sheriff’s office.

The two suspects were transported to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center for booking.

Thumann and his K-9 partner have been working for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics unit for at least six years, according to previous reports.

Police Dogs Shot in Line of Duty in Separate Incidents Still Recovering



Two police dogs, shot in separate incidents hundreds of miles apart are recovering nicely from their wounds, according to reports.

Canine Officer Blade was shot while chasing a black suspect who was subsequently killed by police.

ABC7 Chicago

GARY, Ind. (WLS) — A police dog wounded in a shootout in Gary, Ind., last month got new X-rays Tuesday.

Blade, a 6-year-old Dutch shepherd with four years on the Lake County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Unit, was injured in January during a traffic stop in the 700-block of 42nd Avenue.

Blade underwent two successful surgeries after being shot in the face, taking a bullet for his partner. He had a checkup and X-rays Tuesday at the Purdue Animal Hospital in West Lafayette to see how his jaw is healing.

Blade was brought in for his four week recheck Tuesday, when specialists assessed the healing of his fractured jaw. Doctors say all his skin incisions have healed very nicely and his hair is already growing back, so he is beginning to look like his “good old self.”

X-rays showed the jaw fracture is healing appropriately and there are no signs of any problems with the bone plates that had been implanted to repair his jaw, doctors said.

Blade will be brought in again in four weeks to repeat the X-rays to ensure the healing has continued to progress, doctors said.

Blade is still going through medical procedures and will not officially retire until he is fully healed and evaluated. Blade will visit Canada with his breeders and trainers next month.

During a foot chase, Blade and an officer followed Marquis Thomas down an alley to railroad tracks, where he fired shots at the officer and struck the police dog. The officer returned fire and struck Thomas. Thomas, 18, of Merrillville, died of his wounds, according to Indiana State Police.

Canine Officer Jake was shot twice by a Latino police officer after Jake mistook him for a suspect during a chase and bit him.



HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Houston police say an officer shot a K-9 after the dog attacked him during a chase Wednesday afternoon in north Houston.

The animal will recover, but because of his age, the K-9 will have to retire, police said.

The incident occurred around noon Wednesday in the 1500 block of Gears Road, not far from Ella and Beltway 8.

Police were patrolling an apartment complex in north Houston for a stolen vehicle involved in an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

They tried to make an arrest at a nearby McDonald’s, but police say the suspects sped off in the stolen vehicle.

A short chase began, and the stolen vehicle rammed into the K-9 officer’s car. The chase ended in a field, and both suspects ran from the scene. Two suspects — a male juvenile and a female juvenile — were arrested. The female juvenile was found to have a gun, police said.

Officials say during the chase, the K-9 attacked one of the officers, latching onto his thigh. Authorities say the dog would not let go, and the officer shot the dog twice.

Officer Castillo, an 8-year veteran with HPD, was taken to Houston Northwest Medical Center with dog bite injuries.

Jake, the K-9, was transported to Aldine Bender Animal Hospital where he underwent surgery. After surgery, the K-9 was transported to BluePearl Veterinary Hospital where he is recovering.

Police say at this time, it is unclear whether the officer thought it was a stray dog or a police dog latching onto his thigh.


Maybe it’s just me, but to my mind there is a moral question about putting dogs in situations where they can be shot. The police have robots, drones, helicopters, and even tanks at their disposal to use in taking thugs into custody. It’s not clear to me that dogs, who have no awareness of danger, should be put into danger when other tools are available for police to use..

Dogs can be used to sniff out evidence, but beyond that, my opinion is that dogs should not be on active police duty.

Coon Rapids K9 Officer Taz Mistakenly Sent by Human Handler to Attack Grandmother

Coon Rapids police believed a shed was being burglarized. They gave repeated commands for the person inside to come out. And therein lies the tale of K9 Taz, who was sent in to bring them out.

K9 Officer Taz did his job and did it well. The fault lies in an elderly Asian immigrant woman who failed to respond to repeated police warnings to show herself because she doesn’t speak English.

Because the dimwitted eldergook didn’t have sense enough to go outside to see why the police were screaming at her, K9 Taz has been declared a racist dog and is set to be euthanized.

OK, I made that last sentence up. But don’t you know that it’s possible that a police dog will be sentenced to death one of these days for attacking a sacred turd world nonwhite, dumb immigrant.

CBS Local Minnesota

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) — The police chief in Coon Rapids is apologizing for an incident involving one of the department’s police dogs biting an 81-year-old grandmother over the weekend.

“It’s regrettable that this old woman was injured,” Chief Brad Wise said. “We’re sick about it. The officers that were there were sick about it.”

The incident started around 6:45 a.m. Sunday. Chief Wise said it was still dark outside at the time.

A 911 came in from a homeowner who told dispatchers she was scared because she saw somebody in a black coat go through her backyard. She then heard noises and banging sounds. Police thought a burglary might have been happening.

The first officer arrived on scene with K-9 Taz. Chief Wise said the officer noticed a person with a flash light going through a shed in the yard that was next door from 911 caller.

“There was nothing about the 911 call or what the officer saw at the scene that would give them any hint that this was anything other than a burglary in progress,” Chief Wise said.

The department released the dispatch audio of the incident. In it, you can hear the officer on scene say, “K-9 warning has been given,” as well as a dog barking in the background. Chief Wise said the commands to come outside of the shed lasted about 15 minutes.

“We tried a long time to try to communicate with that person and got no response,” he said.

Later in the dispatch audio you can hear an officer on scene say, “We’ve given 10-15 K-9 warnings, suspect is failing to listen or come out of the shed.”

Chief Wise said the person in the shed, who turned out to be 81-year-old Choua Xiong, never answered. He added that because the person was in a shed, officers worried a tool might be used against them as a weapon. Taz was then sent in to apprehend the person inside.

“The first sign that something may be unusual was the sound of a female voice,” said Chief Wise. “Not many burglars are females and that was the first inkling that this may be something different than what [the responding officers] believed it to be.”

Chief Wise said at the moment the K-9 officer called off Taz. Inside the shed they found Xiong. They said she had been bitten on her arm through her jacket.

Chief Wise said officers walked her to a squad car to get warm and be tended to as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

“I guarantee you had the officers standing there heard a female voice in any language, shout out, cry out, say anything, this would have been a completely different outcome,” he said.

As Xiong waited in the car, Chief Wise said officers were able to make contact with someone in the home which turned out to be Xiong’s grandson. They said it was only then that they realized Xiong lived at the home was up early in the morning working in her shed.

“We’re sorry for the outcome of this. I wished there had been some way the officers could have known or could have anticipated that this would have been this woman and this certainly is regrettable, no question about it,” he said.

Chief Wise said his officers followed protocol and although he regrets the outcome, he said he’s not sure his officers could have done anything differently.

We visited Xiong’s home. The family member who answered did not want to comment and referred us to their attorney. Calls to the attorney were not answered. It’s unknown if her family plans to press charges.

Chief Wise posted a statement to the department’s Facebook page as well as the dispatch audio. He said it was important for people to hear.

“I wanted the public to be able to put themselves in the position of the officers,” he said. “The way the call was broadcast is the officers believed they were responding to a potential burglary in progress.”

When asked if the responding officers knocked on the door of Xiong’s home to verify if the person in the shed might have been a resident before sending in the K-9 he said they did not. “Apparently it didn’t occur to them at the time that it might have been somebody in their own shed, in the dark, with a flashlight who was failing to respond to the officers’ commands,” he said.

Probable Illegal Shot DEAD After Wounding Two Cops and Shooting K9 Officer


New York Daily News

Two Idaho police officers and a police dog were shot and a wanted fugitive was killed in a shooting in Boise on Friday afternoon, police said.

Investigators believe the suspect is a 33-year-old man named Marco Romero wanted in connection with a shooting that injured two in nearby Meridian on Tuesday, KTVB-TV reported.

An emergency crew rushed the two wounded Boise officers to the hospital and the police dog Jardo to a veterinarian, according to Boise police. Hospital staff pronounced Romero dead on his arrival, police said.

One of the officers went into surgery Friday while the other received treatment in the emergency room, according to police.

Meridian police said Romero shot a man and a woman he knows late Tuesday, the Statesman reported. The man suffered two wounds but was thought to be OK, while the woman may be paralyzed after suffering a wound to her chest, according to police.

Meridian police released this image of Marco Romero, 33, and said he was wanted in connection with a shooting Tuesday.
Meridian police released this image of Marco Romero, 33, and said he was wanted in connection with a shooting Tuesday. (MERIDIAN POLICE DEPARTMENT)
Investigators believe he may also have stolen a car from an 89-year-old woman at a Meridian retirement community on Thursday morning.

Authorities released Romero on supervised parole Oct. 3 after time behind bars on charges of possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, state offender records showed.

As of this writing the two human officers are expected to live. Police dog Jardo is also recovering from his surgery.

Idaho Stateman

Jardo, a Boise Police Department K-9, was shot along with two Boise officers while confronting an armed suspect Friday afternoon, police said.

Jardo was taken to WestVet, where the veterinarian who performed surgery on him “is hopeful he will be OK,” Boise police report.