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  The Passing of Retired Police Service Dog Mako

Jun 03, 2013 10:56 ET

Retired police dog Mako recently passed away while at home, surrounded by his partner, D/Cst. Bryan Armstrong, and his family.

Mako became active with DRP in November of 2004 after completing extensive training and hit the ground running with his partner D/Cst. Armstrong. He was a general purpose and narcotics dog who assisted in approximately 150 arrests and conducted hundreds of drug and evidence searches, resulting in a substantial amount of drugs seized and evidence recovered. He was diagnosed at the age of seven with severe Spondylosis, a degenerative condition of the spine, which shifted his duties to strictly a drug-detection dog, due to his limited mobility. Mako worked in this capacity for two years and then retired from DRP to live with his handler until he passed away on May 20.

PSD Mako was trained in Dutch and only responded to Dutch commands. Despite his size, appearance and ability to apprehend, he loved visiting schools with his partner to educate the students on what police dogs do and loved being petted by the kids.

A few memorable incidents include:

*On a cold, winter day, Mako performed a five kilometre track across Scugog Island looking for a male who had put a loaded shotgun to his sister’s head. After an hour and 10 minutes of tracking through dark farmer’s fields and bushes, the suspect was apprehended.

*Mako and D/Cst. Armstrong were assisting another K9 team who were chasing armed, robbery suspects. Mako was able to locate a disguise that had been stuffed into a backyard BBQ, directly linking the robbery to the suspects.

*Three suspects, who had severely beaten a male with a baseball bat, were tracked more than five kilometres through a residential neighbourhood. All three were located inside the residence Mako led them too.

*A male suspect told officers they would never find anything when they attended with a Drug Warrant. Mako was let off-leash and when searching the home he was able to locate 36 grams of crack cocaine in a jacket pocket of the accused.

Mako was an important part of DRP and a beloved member of the Armstrong family and he will be greatly missed. His name will be added to the memorial that was created in 2009 to honour these important members of our service.

Below are attached files.
mako thumb (JPG file, 41.0K bytes)
Mako with his badge (JPG file, 431.6K bytes)
Mako and his partner D/Cst. Bryan Armstrong (JPG file, 344.1K bytes)
Mako receives a personalized bandana from a girl who loves our K9 members (JPG file, 356.6K bytes)
Mako puts on a demonstration at Whitby Community Safety Day (JPG file, 369.6K bytes)
Mako (JPG file, 444.5K bytes)
Our K9 Memorial (JPG file, 299.2K bytes)