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November 16, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday joined the growing ranks of law enforcement agencies to outfit their K-9 dogs with bulletproof vests. While attacks on police dogs are rare, officials said they owe it to their four-legged comrades to provide the best possible protection from criminals. "The dogs you see out here are part of our family. We love them," Sheriff Michael S. Carona said. "We appreciate the job they do for us on a day-to-day basis.
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October 19, 2000 | CAROL CHAMBERS
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is training K-9 patrol dogs to find people buried in rubble after a major earthquake. During a training exercise Wednesday at Curtis Sand & Gravel in Canyon Country, the dogs searched out a sheriff's deputy concealed in a pipe and "buried" under rocks and concrete debris. They hit every time. "There he goes. That's a find," Deputy Ernie Burwell said as Marko the patrol dog barked after finding his mock victim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ
The Police Department's newest canine cop, a 3-year-old German shepherd named Sagus, has trained for months to sniff out drugs and track down fugitives. But put a slice of vanilla cake in front of him, and he's driven purely by instinct. At a swearing-in ceremony Monday, Sagus licked a cake prepared in his honor before receiving his badge signaling official membership on the Ventura police force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you ask Patricia Burda, no cop should walk the street without a bulletproof vest. Not even the four-legged kind. Burda, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Merced, is trying to revolutionize K-9 units across the country by outfitting crime-fighting pooches with body armor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1998 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 16-year-old boy was shot once in the chest at close range in the upscale Mission Oaks neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, and authorities launched an all-out search for the suspect. Ventura County sheriff's deputies searched with helicopters and five K-9 units until nightfall for the suspect--described as a Latino in his early 20s, about 5 feet, 9 inches and 200 pounds, with dark clothing and a shaved head.
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January 14, 1998 | DAIL WILLIS, THE BALTIMORE SUN
The movement is so fast, it's a blur of fur and ferocity: Seeing his handler attacked in a training exercise, the 90-pound German shepherd is out of the patrol car's open window and on the attacker instantly, teeth locked high on his arm. One sharp word in Czech--"Sadni!"--from handler John Carhart, and the fight is over. The dog sits, the growling and snarling stop, and no leash or choke-chain is needed to enforce the command.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
The Oxnard Peace Officers' Assn. will sponsor the second annual Ventura County Law Enforcement Insignia Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The daylong event will be held at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, and will feature buyers, sellers and traders of police memorabilia from as far away as Canada. In addition to the multitudes of patches, badges, pins, hats, trading cards and decals, there will be a police K-9 demonstration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
Police officers aren't generally known for their whining, but then again Gunther isn't your average cop. Standing just over 2 feet tall and weighing almost 70 pounds, the dark-haired German shepherd K9 officer from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department whimpered Thursday as he watched a group of other dogs scale a 6-foot wall at Point Mugu naval base's canine obstacle course to retrieve a tennis ball.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department lost a veteran crime fighter this week when 6-year-old police dog Pascha died, officials said. Pascha--a German shepherd trained to an advanced level in Germany, was bought by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department in 1992. Like most of the county's canines, Pascha Vom Kasseler Kreuz--the dog's full name--was used for everything from sniffing out narcotics and suspects to entertaining children during demonstrations at schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
The Laguna Beach Police Department has bid goodbye to Gero, a police service dog who retired from active duty after eight years on the force, and is seeking help from the community to hire his replacement. The 10-year-old canine began his career in Laguna Beach in November 1988 at the age of 2. The German shepherd, who will continue to live with his handler, was the department's first and only police service dog. "He made a big, big difference," Sgt. Mike Hall said.
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