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U.S. Cop Demoted After ‘Dumping’ His Retired K-9 Partner At Animal Shelter

Ringo should never have landed in the shelter. Dogs can often be treated like 'equipment' by police departments.

MARY PAPENFUSS: ‘A Mississippi police officer has been busted down to patrol duty after ditching his retired K-9 partner, Ringo, at an animal shelter, according to police officials. The Jackson Police Department assumed that officer Carl Ellis, who was Ringo’s ‘handler’, had continued to care for the former K-9 officer at his home after the dog’s retirement in October. Officials were later surprised to learn otherwise after Ringo’s initial ‘trainer’, Randy Hare, spotted the dog up for adoption on the shelter’s website… The 10-year-old dog sniffed out drugs for nine years for his department, and was also used in search and rescue operations…

“You get into this business because you appreciate dogs and what they’re able to do,” Hare told WAPT-TV. Ringo should never have landed in the shelter, added the trainer, who said dogs can often be treated like “equipment” by police departments. Hare has adopted Ringo. “The Jackson Police Department respects and holds our canines with high regard just as we do any other officer within our department,” the department said in a statement provided to the Jackson Clarion Ledger. “They are family, and we do not feel they deserve anything less than a loving home in retirement”.’  SOURCE…

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