Veterinary Tactical Group is a research, consulting, and tactical veterinary training company committed to improving the lives of our country’s working canines.  Our research team includes COL Janice Baker, DVM, DACVPM, Trinity Mauer, and Dr. Alex Moore.  We are currently conducting a study on hostile action canine injury and death with the goal of identifying risk factors and possible mitigation strategies.  If you have experienced a canine injury or death due to a hostile action we would greatly appreciate your response.

Any data collected from this study will not be personally identifiable in any future publication.  Name, department, and contact information is recorded only for follow up questions and only with your permission. I will likely follow up with respondents after survey submission to ask any specific questions.  In addition to this request for survey respondents, we may contact organizations that have a hostile action injury or death directly.  Veterinary records related to the incident are requested but not required for participation.

We understand and respect that these incidents are traumatic and we appreciate you taking the time to revisit the event.

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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies were praising K9 Coral on Tuesday. The canine deputy joined the department about three months ago and on Monday she caught yet another suspected cocaine dealer.

Lazaro Rodriguez, 43, was driving a 2014 Ford Explorer, on U.S. 1 near 63rd Street when Sgt. Joel Slough stopped him just before 9:10 a.m. on Monday in Marathon, deputies said. Slough’s request for Coral’s assistance paid off.

The Labrador Retriever sniffed out cocaine and cash inside the Ford Explorer. Read More

A K9 officer with the Whitehall Borough Police Department is getting decked out with some new technology.

K9 Officer Finn is now equipped with a GPS tracking device.

Police say that the device attaches to Finn’s collar and helps the department by providing real time tracking and monitoring through an app.

Officers say that this type of technology can be useful to help map out the route of travel during search operations or retracing a suspect’s flight path for evidence. Read More

A 32-year-old man is facing charges in two New Year’s Day break-ins in Burnaby after a police dog sniffed him out in an unusual hiding spot.

Burnaby RCMP were called to the 6600 block of Waltham Avenue for a report of a break-in at about 4:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to media spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj.

Shortly after officers arrived at the house, he said police got another call about a second break-in a couple blocks away on St. Charles Place. Read More

K9s For Warriors donated three dogs to beaches police.

Jamie is going to Jacksonville Beach police, Duke is going to Neptune Beach police and C4 is going to Atlantic Beach police.

The three police department’s new additions will be referred to as station dogs.

“These dogs are just going to live at the station and just be loving on the police officers and the staff, victims and witnesses — anyone who is having a bad day at the station,” explained K9s For Warriors CEO Rory Diamond. Read More

Sheriff Keith Korenek reports that on Tuesday, Dec. 15 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Canine Unit, Sgt. Randy Thumann and K9 partner Kolt, stopped a Chevy Silverado on Interstate 10 at the 658 mile-marker at approximately 12:37 p.m. for a traffic violation. The vehicle was traveling from Mexico to Houston. After speaking to the driver Sgt. Thumann became suspicious that the vehicle… Read More

A Brookhaven K9 responsible for finding hundreds of thousands of U.S. currency and millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs is retiring.

According to an announcement from the Brookhaven police, K-9 Dano, officially retired from the police department on December 8, his 10th birthday.

Dano, a Belgian Malinois, joined the force in 2013.

During his time, Dano received certifications in narcotics detection, tracking, and criminal apprehension, and he re-certified in each category every year. Read More

With only a week before Christmas, workplaces are looking for unique ways to introduce some holiday cheer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some Mounties in Melfort, Sask., found a special way to include it in their shifts by using a mock suspect dressed up as the Grinch.

It was just one of the training exercises RCMP dog handler Cpl. Ryan Drohomereski and police service dog Lux complete on a regular basis.

“Basically how to come into a building, search through a building and apprehend a suspect who’s unwilling to come into custody. Of course, we had a little fun with it being Christmas,” Drohomereski said. Read More

The Auburn Police Department has a new K-9 Team. Officer Helena Stout has been partnered with Zena, a female two-year-old German Shepherd. Stout is a first time K-9 handler and Zena the first female K-9 in the department’s history.

Zena comes to the Auburn Police Department from an area resident. “She donated [Zena] because she lives in an apartment, it was her first dog, and she didn’t know what it really meant to have a working dog as a pet,” shared Auburn’s Public Information Officer, Kalyn Brady.

An evaluation was required prior to accepting the donated K-9. Chief Dan O’Neil, a former K-9 handler, and current APD K-9 Handler Tim Nunn tested and evaluated Zena. “We had a final evaluation completed by Master K9 Trainer Deputy Munson with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department,” said Brady. Read More

Staffordshire has a new crimefighting duo after police dog Flash and his handler PC Luke Hardern completed their intense training.

The pair received their official certificates at Staffordshire Police HQ yesterday before embarking on their first shift together.

For PD Flash, the award welcomes him to the force as a Service Animal under the protection of Finns’ Law, while the moment was a long-awaited one for PC Hardern, of Leek.

The 28-year-old had hoped to complete his training – with another dog – a year earlier before a rugby injury curtailed his plans. Read More