Our condolences to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin, which bid farewell yesterday to one of its most popular team members, K-9 Officer Mink.
Via the Daily Union:
Mink, a German Shepherd and one of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s three K-9 officers, was put to sleep Tuesday, Jan. 19, after an attempt to surgically address a bladder tumor failed to improve his quality of life.
“His unconditional love for his job and partner could be easily satisfied by a simple throw and a tug of toy or a wolfing down of a doggie treat from one of the dispatchers,” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeff Parker said of Mink. “His commitment to protection, awesome tracking capabilities and taking drugs off our streets were done with a servant’s heart and a wagging tail.”
Capt. Paul Wallace noted that Mink and his handler, Deputy Scott Gukich, made an excellent team and the department will miss Mink as part of the family.
Mink had served with Gukich for seven years and had been due for retirement later this year.
“We did have plans to purchase another dog,” Wallace said, noting that funding for a new K-9 dog was included in the 2016 budget.
Ideally, the K-9 officers remain in service for approximately seven to eight years.
“They are such high-drive animals,” Wallace said. “They are not like regular house dogs. These guys have little idiosyncrasies about them that make them have the ability to do what they do.”