Scott Smith – Sep 14, 2018 –

Soldier, take me from this shelter’s cage.
Give me back my life. In return, I’ll cover your back.
I’ll be your canine warrior, your sixth sense.
I’ll stand guard into the night and chase the demons away,
the uninvited, cloaked in night sweats and darkness.

I will help you open your cage of solitude
then walk tall by your side into the light of day.
Together, our faith will rise as tall as your soldier’s pride.
We are now family in this post-911 world.
Because together, we stand.

-Bridget Cassidy


James Rutland is a 12-year Army veteran who served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004, followed by two more tours in South Korea. He left the military in 2014, suffering from multiple medical conditions related to his service, including mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), sleep apnea, and hearing loss, to name a few.

Most importantly, he suffered from depression and often thought about suicide. Thinking he could do it alone, Rutland tried healing from the trauma on his own. That wasn’t working. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got,” says Rutland.

What Life Without Dunkin?

         – James Rutland of K9s For Warriors

In 2016, Rutland finally rounded the bend of recovery when he was paired with his service dog, Dunkin. “I started focusing on “we instead of “me”, says Rutland.

He has a semi-colon tattoo on his right wrist, a known symbol of taking a pause when thinking about suicide. Unlike a “period” which ends a sentence, the semicolon creates a pause, for the reader, then continues the story. Rutland wears it proudly. “It’s a great conversation starter,” Rutland says.

He goes on to explain that breathing, family, friends, and the program that gave him Dunkin are what keeps him going.

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Thanks to a $5,000 donation from Webco, the K9 program at an Oklahoma police department is up and running again.

The Kellyville Police Department is getting a new K9 officer — but not until after they had a minor setback with their first choice.

Police initially bought a 5-month-old German Shepherd named Lead. However, after her test, it was determined that Lead was not “driven” enough for police life, so she was donated back to the person she was bought from. Read More

A local police officer is raising funds for a new memorial that will honor police dogs and officers.

Officer Mel Emond, who has been partnered with K9 Kira for two years, began working on the memorial project last year. Emond said the department has had three police dogs die since the unit was revived in 2001. The names of those dogs, and all future police dogs, will be added to the monument planned for in front of the police station on Lazy Lane.

There will also be a statue of a police officer to honor all past, present and future officers, and an eternal flame in the middle. There is currently a memorial for Timothy Foley, an officer that was killed in the line of duty in 1938, and the new features will be added around that stone.

The total cost for the memorial is about $40,000. Emond said he needs about $18,000 to reach that goal. Read More

A US drug sniffer dog has helped his handlers locate a “decorative tombstone” stuffed full of cocaine that had been imported into the country from Canada.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) drug dog Freddy sniffed out the shipment while working at an express consignment facility in Cincinnati.

Border officers moved to x-ray the container the tombstone was being shipped in after Freddy flagged it as potentially containing drugs, resulting in the discovery of a white powder hidden in a compartment inside the resin item.

Tests carried out later confirmed that the substance was in fact cocaine.

Commenting on the discovery, CBP Cincinnati Port Director Joshua Shorr said: “Our officers are committed to keep our country and communities safe from illegal and dangerous drugs.

“This seizure is one example of the quality enforcement work they do on a daily basis.” Read More

They’ve only been partners since August, but a rookie police dog unit helped arrest a flasher and two thieves in one weekend.

Constable Regan Wilson and his police dog South had “a very good weekend”, Sergeant John Hedges said.

Police were called to several reports of a man exposing himself near St Clair Esplanade.

A 41-year-old man was tracked back to a car by the police dog, and arrested by its handler. Read More

Police have charged a man with various drug offences following raids on a number of residences in Cordelia and Halifax this week.

Officers from Halifax Police Station executed a number of search warrants on addresses with the assistance of a drug detection dog from Townsville following information provided by members of the public through Crime Stoppers.

During these searches police located a quantity of dangerous drugs including cannabis and methylamphetamine (ice) along with utensils used in connection with smoking, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs.

Police also seized restricted items under the Weapons Act including numchaku, a sling shot and a replica handgun which contained a live round of ammunition in the barrel.

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Created by Oswestry’s British Ironworks Centre using seized and surrendered knives and guns and items relating to dogs, including training equipment, leads, whistles and dog bowls, it will become a permanent feature at the force’s Hindlip headquarters when finished.

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman said: “Our dogs are part of the police family. We see them as our colleagues, who dedicate their lives to ensuring their communities and our officers are protected each and every day.

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A Grand Forks police dog is receiving credit for taking drugs off the streets.

Cpl. Andrew Ebertowski and K9 Shelby assisted Grand Forks County deputies Saturday morning during a traffic stop, according to the Grand Forks Police Department.

The K9 sniffed a motor vehicle in the 4300 block of Gateway Dr. and detected the odor of illegal narcotics.

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In 2011, State Highway Patrol leadership charged Ohio troopers with elevating the importance of their criminal patrol efforts to the same level as their core responsibility of traffic safety. Troopers were urged to ‘look beyond the license plate’ or the reason for the traffic stop, in an attempt to detect and interdict criminal activity. Since this shift of operational mentality, drug arrests have increased every year, with an increase of 194% since 2011. Troopers have made more than 4,000 arrests for weapon violations and nearly 30,000 felony arrests since 2011.

This shift also brought upon the formal formation of the Criminal Patrol Unit. In 2010, the division had only 14 canines. In the years since, that number has grown to 35 canines around the state. Read More

Two new canines have joined the ranks of FEMA’s first responders.

ABC News was there to witness New York Police Department (NYPD) dogs Tuz and Bruno earn their certification with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue team.

These elite K-9s are sent on disaster relief missions around the nation following a natural disaster.

Tuz is named after fallen NYPD Sargent Paul Tuozzolo, who was killed in the line of duty last year. He is handled by Police Officer Dan Bosco.

Bruno, who came from the Czech Republic, is handled by Police Officer Anthony Barreto.

Barreto said that the moment he saw Bruno, he knew he wanted to be paired with him because the dog looked like “he wanted to work.”

In an interview with ABC News, Tuz couldn’t seem to look away from the obstacle course and kept pulling to go back on to the rubble pile. Read More