Police Chief Fights to Award a Fallen Officer's Family with His Beloved K9

Posted by Krissy Howard
Modesto Police Canine Association

A Modesto, California police chief wants a fallen officer's beloved K9, Ike, to be awarded to his surviving family; however, many disagree with retiring the dog from the force. 

While this may seem like the right thing to do, the opinion may be unpopular with others, particularly the taxpayers who collectively spent over $9,000 on the dog over the last three years while the dog's been working for the department.

"It is not a good deal for the police department to lose the dog," Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll said in an interview with 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. What is the right thing to do?"

cop and dog
Modesto Police Canine Association

Ike's handler, Sgt. Mike Pershall, had been working with the dog for two years before he was hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike off-duty.

The Modesto Police Canine Association, who would be responsible for handling the financial costs of raising Ike, support the decision to award him to the Pershall family, despite the fact that the three-year-old dog still has a good five to seven years of service left in him.

As Pershall was promoted just two weeks before his untimely death, Ike was scheduled to be moved to work with another handler anyway - making this case all the more complicated.

Nevertheless, Chief Carroll stands by his decision to surrender Ike to the family. If the decision goes in favor of turning Ike over to the Pershalls, they will likely adopt the dog for $1, as is customary.

Do you think the dog should stay on the police force or live with the family? Let us know in the comments section below!

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