Letter: Narcotics dog to retire; new dog to step up
We would like to thank all of the citizens and businesses of the Middle Peninsula for their donations and support last year. In 2010, Zoey the drug-detecting dog made several narcotics finds on the street and Gator has had many tracking deployments. None of this would have been possible without the support from the community.
We regret to inform everyone that Zoey will be retiring this spring due to issues with her hips and other major medical issues that are having a great effect on her work. In preparation for this, Gator and I were sent to a 3½-month K-9 school with Chesterfield PD. We finished in December 2010 and Gator was certified by the Virginia Police Work Dog Association in controlled aggression, agility, obedience, tracking, area search and building search. He is now being trained in narcotics detection and his training should be completed before Zoey retires.
Gator has already had many street deployments since his completion of K-9 School. He has located a runaway suicidal teen on a track, gained compliance from an individual who was resisting arrest, and he has cleared many buildings. Gator has also showed that he will be an outstanding narcotics K-9 through his training and will be capable of filling the gap left when Zoey retires.
The Mathews Narcotics K-9 Fund has worked to remove narcotics from our streets and schools, as well as reduce criminal activity within our community. The K-9 program remains funded by donations; to date we have not received any funding from the county. All food, medical and equipment costs are paid for through donations. We appreciate any help you can give in maintaining this program. For additional information, please see our website: http://www.MathewsNarcoticsK9Fund.org. Donations can be made payable to the Mathews Narcotics K9 Fund and can be sent to 460 Holly Point Road, Mathews, Va. 23109.
Deputy Christopher W. Rhodes
Mathews County Sheriff’s Office