Police K-9 “King” (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 02:00 (2437 days ago)

The Abilene Police is sad to report the passing of K-9 “King”. King passed away after suffering from a debilitating medical condition. King began his service with APD in April 2004 and served with distinction for 7 years.

During those 7 years King assisted in the seizing of over 1.5 million dollars in illegal narcotics and close to $100,000.00 in cash. In one case King detected a load of 1,108 pounds of marijuana in an RV and the subsequent investigation lead to the seizure of over 12 million dollars in assets. See attached photo.

In 2006 King along with handler Officer Kevin Pyeatt responded to a fight call when an armed man ran from them down an alley. King and Officer Pyeatt closed in on the suspect who opened fire on them. King was able to grab the suspect and drag him down and hold him until Officer Pyeatt could move in.

King was recognized statewide and routinely came home with trophies and awards from the K-9 certification process and the Texas Police Games. See attached photo.

King was a valuable member of the Abilene Police Department and will be missed. A memorial service for King is being planned for next week. I will release the date and time as soon as it is set.

Preparations are being made to replace King. The cost plus training for the replacement will be approximately $12,000.00. This money will come from seized funds and not the general fund.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at (325) 676-6630.

Detective John Clark

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