Police Dog Charger Retires

September 2, 2020

Guelph police say Charger — one of their K9 officers — is retiring after 10 years of service.

The German shepherd has been paired with Sgt. Andrew Crowe since his arrival in Guelph in July 2011 and was trained in a variety of tasks including tracking, searching, drug detection and detection of currency.

Charger has been involved in the location of dozens of suspects over the course of his career, police said in a news release.

He’s also received several citations from the United States Police Canine Association for his successful tracks and has won awards during dog trial events.

In various events, Charger has ranked first place in tracking, second place in evidence search and third place in agility.

In November 2019, Crowe and Charger competed at the national level event in Florida.

The service said Charger will be living out his retirement years as a member of Crowe’s family.

News of Charger’s end with Guelph police follows the retirement of another Guelph police canine, General, earlier this year.

The police service has announced two new police dogs, Titan and Jett, who have been paired with two officers.

Const. Jason Hall is partnered with Jett and Const. Neil Moulton is partnered with Titan. They are currently on active duty.

Guelph police’s K9 unit started in 1998 with Nero, a purebred German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia.

The new pups are the service’s ninth and 10th police dogs.

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