Death Of Crime Dogs Are Emotional Loss
Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 10:46 PM EDT
Two mountain law enforcement agencies face the same pain this week after losing loyal partners in crime.
Jackson County canine Falco died Monday, weeks after suffering an injury while tracking down a suspect.
Last Friday, Polk County's familiar crime dog "Trixie" passed suddenly of cancer.
Their loss leaves many in uniform saddened.
"There's a certain chemistry you wouldn't have with a human partner," says Polk County deputy Ronnie Russell.
He's worked with Trixie for the past year. Previously, she worked for the Buncombe Sheriff's department for a decade. There was talk of planning for her retirement this summer.
"She was not my pet. She was my partner," he says.
In just 12 months, Trixie seized about 35 thousand dollars in drugs in Polk County.
But Russell says you can't put a cash value on partnership. He empathizes with what Jackson County's Senior Deputy Jim Henry must be going through.
Falco was Henry's sidekick for seven years.
"I understand what he's dealing with it's hard," says Russell. "I spend more time with that canine than I do my own family most of the time."
There's a memorial service for Trixie scheduled for next Wednesday at 1pm, at Stearns Park in Columbus.
Click here for Deputy Russell's entire interview about Trixie.
By John Le
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