Police dog celebrates birthday by taking a bite out of crime

Police Service Dog 'ZOD' in front of a parked police vehicle.
Image Credit: Contributed

KELOWNA - A police service dog celebrated his birthday by helping apprehend two people suspected of breaking into the Burtch Animal Hospital very early this morning.

Police responded to a commercial alarm just after midnight Dec. 16 at 1455 Harvey Avenue where the break-in had just occurred.  A surveillance video showed a man and a woman rummaging around through the business before fleeing. The police service dog Zod was called in and tracked the suspects to a house on the 1300 block of Belaire Avenue.

The man, 18, and woman, 22, were taken into custody.

"Zod, a veteran police dog, just happens to be celebrating his eighth birthday today," Const. Kris Clark says, "and probably couldn't imagine doing it any other way."

Zod works and lives with his handler and is available to be called out at a moment's notice for duties no human officer could accomplish. He's trained in detection of explosive materials, and is called to track suspects as well.

"If dog is man's best friend, Zod takes that to a whole new level," Clark says.

The investigation continues.

Shayne HEWER and Jessica JOHNSON have both been charged with Break and Enter and Commit an Indictable Offence. They are expected to appear in Court on December 16, 2013.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca, call (250) 718-0428 or tweet @AdamProskiw.

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