Calling it a (canine) career
Freddy will be hanging it up at the Canby PD
Hes done the end of this month, but dont try to hand him a gold watch. Try something he can fetch, like a good bouncy ball.
Freddy is a Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix who has put in a solid 7 1/2 years of service on the Canby Police Departments K-9 unit with handler Sgt. Tim Warren.
He worked six years as a patrol dog, apprehending people.
He was called out 120 times and made 42 captures, mostly burglary suspects. One burglar he found hiding in the ceiling tiles of an Elks Lodge, another hiding under a row of hay in a field.
Often, its enough the suspect knowing the dog is there and they surrender, probably 95 percent of the time, said Warren, the K-9 units supervisor.
As Freddy grew older, he was cross-trained in narcotics detection and the change paid dividends.
Hes had a lot of good finds, Warren said, including the departments biggest find, a half-pound of methamphetamine.
Working narcotics, Freddy has turned up 3 ¼ pounds of marijuana, 2 pounds of marijuana butter, 2 ½ pounds of meth, a pound of heroin and $56,000 in cash.
Its been a good career, Warren said. Freddy still has a lot of drive to work; he just cant do it as long.
The Malinois and mixes come with a strong work ethic and are known for their intelligence and sense of duty. Theyre smaller than the German shepherds they resemble but come with more agility and a high work drive.
A 60-pound dog can knock down a 220-pound man, Warren said. Ive seen that.
Freddy will leave large paw prints for the newest K-9 to follow. Rookie K-9 Cavo, a 2-year-old Malinois-Dutch Shepherd, has just joined the Canby department. His handler is Officer Chris Koehnke, who had similar experience with the Clatsop County Sheriffs K-9 unit.
The departments other K-9 is Deorak, a Malinois partnered with Officer Scott Farmer.
Freddys days on the force will soon end and life will be much different.
He is going to be lazy, play with his toys and enjoy being a dog, said Warren, K-9 unit supervisor.
The Canby PD has a fund to care for the dogs, but not to buy them. The departments K-9s, which can cost $9,000 to $12,000, are purchased through fundraising and community donations from groups, businesses and individJW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT