Ringo was a member of the Jackson Police Department K9 unit until the dog’s retirement last October.
A Mississippi cop is demoted from the K9 unit to patrol duty after his retirement, his four-legged partner to an animal shelter to be put up for adoption.
Ringo sniffed out the drugs for the Jackson Police Department for nine years until the dog’s retirement last October. Nevertheless, the Labrador retriever had to be rescued recently from the Webster animal shelter in the vicinity of Madison, Miss., by the man who trained him to be a police dog, WLBT-TV reported Friday.
“I don’t know that there is a word for both hurt and angry, but I was both of them. And I still am,” Randy Hare, owner of Alpha Dogs Training Center, told the station. “You know, it’s just, you just don’t turn your back on something that–that’s been with you for nine years.”
Jackson police officials said they did not know that Ringo’s handler, Carl Ellis, had the dogs in a shelter, the Clarion-Ledger reported.
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“The Jackson Police respects and loves our canines with high regard, just as we would any other staff member in our department,” a police spokesman said, according to the paper. “They are family, and we did not feel that they deserve nothing less than a loving home in retirement.”
The department said Ellis had been assigned to a patrol car.
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An Oct. 23 places on the Jackson Police Facebook page has taken note of the retirement of Ringo and other police-dog, Alpha, “a job well (done).”
“She served the city very well,” Detective Anthony Fox said then, according to the Clarion-Ledger. “Hundreds of thousands of dollars, countless attacks with narcotics. They can be a dog.”