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Kamloops police dog Zak retires today

Police dog Zak.
Image Credit: RCMP handout
April 08, 2016 - 2:34 PM

KAMLOOPS - Today was the last day on the job for one of the city's hardest working dogs.

Zak, a valued police dog with Kamloops RCMP, will no longer be in service after today, April 8, as he enjoys his "golden years," according to Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a media release.

The German Shepherd served most of his life as a member of the K9 unit after starting his job at one year of age.

Highlights of his six-year career include finding lost children, one of whom was 18-months old, locating lost hunters and tracking countless offenders.

Zak will remain with his former partner Const. Dave Lewis and will go through an adjustment period as he learns to give up the chase.

In the meantime, Lewis has left for the Police Dog Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta to meet Zak’s replacement. The pair will spend six to nine weeks at the centre before returning to work in Kamloops.

The detachment still has its two other police dogs on duty, Felix and Eric, along with their respective partners Cpl. Budvarson and Const. Shanks.


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