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K9 Officer Evo retires after 8 years of service

Posted at 3:09 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 18:09:34-04

Jeff Rumsley worked with K9 Evo for the last (nearly) 8 years, and says he was an incredible partner.

“He’s a playful dog, he’s never had a bad day in his life. He’s also never met someone he doesn’t like,” Rumsley added.

That goes for food too.

“Besides never meeting someone he doesn’t like, he hasn’t seen a meal he hasn’t enjoyed. He’s had to go to the vet twice for breaking into food and gorging himself,” Rumsley told KGUN9.

If this is making you second guess his ability to do his job, think again. His cravings also include catching criminals.

“He’s got about 350 arrests and over 900 patrol searches. His second or third deployment, some people were shooting at Lakeside Park. They took off running and being a new dog he located both people. He located the guy with the gun,” said Rumsley.

K9 Evo has been serving for nearly eight years, something Rumsley says is not typical of a working K9. In fact he says working dogs are typically used for five or six years before they are retired, but K9 was still functioning at a high level at almost 10 years old.

“I got choked up putting him in the car the last time,” Rumsley said after recalling his last shift with his 8 year partner. Though, while K9 Evo has signed off for the last time, this is not a goodbye for them. K9 Evo will live out his retirement, at home, with Officer Rumsley.

“The reason we are retiring him now is so that he can be a dog and live out his life. You know get a snack from the couch and watch some tv. He gets pieces from my steak now,” added Rumsley.