26 September 2023

Retired police dog hangs up his paws

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The South Australia Police have farewelled one of their favourite four-legged officers as Police Dog (PD) Zac hangs up his collar to take early retirement.

In a statement, the police said prior to PD Zac’s early retirement due to a medical condition, he loved every minute of his career – making 55 arrests with handler, Sergeant Marcus Whitting since his graduation in 2018.

“Possibly the funniest job PD Zac and I were involved in was the pursuit of a driver of a stolen car,” Sergeant Whitting said.

“Seeing PD Zac hot on his heels, the driver jumped over a nearby fence, thinking PD Zac wouldn’t be able to reach him,” he said.

“But PD Zac was too smart and simply went straight through an open gate to the far right of the fence and apprehended the driver.”

The police said PD Zac would join another retired police dog, drug detection dog PD Farrah, to the care of Sergeant Whitting and his family.

“Though PD Zac’s medical condition prevents him from continuing police work, he is still fit and healthy to enjoy his other love – family holidays to the Yorke Peninsula where he and PD Farrah will run around the beach,” SAPOL said.

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