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Police Chief Hopes To Give K-9 To Deceased Officer’s Family

A police-trained Belgian Malinois prices the Modesto police division over $9,000.

But to the household of Sgt. Mike Pershall, an officer killed by a suspected drunk driver whereas driving his bike off-duty, Ike is a member of the family. And a lovely reminder of the daddy and husband they misplaced.

Pershall’s boss, Police Chief Galen Carroll, although conscious that Three-year-old Ike might simply have five-to-seven extra years of police service left to provide, would reasonably promote the canine to the Pershalls for the sum of $1.

Sgt. Pershall with Ike. The two had been companions for 2 years, however Ike is sort of a member of the family to Pershall’s spouse and youngsters. Photo: Modesto Police Canine Association

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It’s not a wholly fashionable stance. Ike was paid for with taxpayer cash. But Ike and Pershall had been companions for 2 years. Chief Carroll thinks it’s the fitting factor to do.

“It is not a good deal for the police department to lose the dog,” Carroll advised the Modesto Bee. “But there is also the human factor of, you have a wife and two kids who just lost their dad, and that’s the family dog….”

Carroll has the help of Modesto Police Canine Association president and K9 handler Daniel Starr, who mentioned the affiliation “absolutely, without a shadow of doubt, supports giving Ike to Pershall’s family.”

“We spend more time with our dogs than we do with our wives and kids … so there is a bond there that no one understands unless they are currently or have been a K9 handler,” Starr mentioned. “But the dogs spend a significant amount of time with our wives and children as well, and there is a significant amount of comfort they bring (to our families) because they know the dogs protect us while we are at work.”

The affiliation was created in 1999 to pay for the continued prices of retired canines; vet payments, kenneling and extra. The widespread follow when a canine is retired has been to promote these canines to the handler for $1.

The sale absolves town of any additional monetary accountability for the canine, and that’s the place the affiliation steps in.

Two weeks earlier than his dying, Pershall was promoted to the rank of sergeant. As a end result, Ike was to be educated with a brand new handler. But that hadn’t but occurred and Ike has been with the Pershalls since.

Ike’s unique identify was Chente. Pershall renamed him as a play on Mike and Ike sweet but additionally after one other K9 officer’s canine.

Taking Ike now “would literally be going into a family who just lost their husband and dad and taking another member of the family,” Carroll mentioned.

While Ike was paid for with taxpayer cash, the latest addition to the K9 workforce was paid for by the Modesto Police Canine Association, Carroll mentioned. So, giving up Ike will likely be “kind of a wash.”

The Modesto City Council will make its choice about Ike’s future on Tuesday afternoon.

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