DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — At the end of this year, the Dothan Police Department retired two members on the force that have spent their lives serving the city and its residents.
These two fellas aren’t your typical lieutenant or corporal, but play a role in the department that goes beyond being man’s best friend. These two paw-patrol officers were able to assist in investigations and searches, helping to protect the community.
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“Sandor himself tracked and lead us to all the money from a robbery from a check-cashing store,” Sandor’s owner and K9 Handler with the Dothan Police Department Kevin Fisher, said. “They do a lot more than chase and bite, they are extremely helpful and extremely useful”
Dex and Sandor, German shepherds from Holland, are now able to help in emergencies and go beyond the line of helping people.
“Every day his mindset is trying to wrap around with how it works to be a dog,”Fisher said. “He is essential with all the weight that comes with it.”
Sandor and Kevin Fisher are playing fetch at the Wiregrass Public Safety Center.
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The two dogs, who both took a step down because of hip and spine problems, have been serving the Circle City for nine-years in ways that only a dog can.
Now, they’ll be getting all the pets from the ones who know them best.
“We have created a bond that you can’t break,” Corporal with the Dothan Police Department and Dex’s owner Shane Bailes said. “I love him, he loves me family loves him and he loves my family.”
At the last Dothan commissioner meeting, the commissioners made it official by transferring ownership to the trainers. That was so that the bond could continue for their entire doggie lives.
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“He comes home and just relaxes, chills, plays ball does what he loves to do, and just gets to lay around, eat get a little fat now and he is enjoying it,” Bailes said.
Shane Bailes and Dex, his retired police dog, play.
WDHN was told by their handlers that the dogs play a crucial role in the Dothan Police Department. They help find missing people and property, as well as help with emergency situations.
Zeke and Nero, two new German Shepherd police dog officers, are ready to take their bones and defend the department.
“We have one that retired six years ago that we see from time to time that we can put on narcotics odor and the dog still does what he is trained to do,” DPD Lieutenant William E. Wozniak said.
These dogs will always be a part the Dothan Police Department’s paw-trolling efforts.
“It’s nice to be able to see these dogs at fourteen-fifteen years old and still be able to love on them and say — hey man its good to see you,” Lt. Wozniak said.
Nero, Zeke and Lieutenant Wozniak will start their training as police dogs with Nero & Zeke on Tuesday.
As for Dex and Sandor -they’ll be spending the rest of their days loving and living retired doggie life with no other than their partners and best friends.
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