Titus, a K-9 dog, is losing his job at the Sequim Police Department in Washington state.
This four-year-old German shepherd is the sole police dog in the department’s K-9 unit. He is a drug dog and has been quite successful sniffing out narcotics for three years by his handler Mike Hill’s side.
But now, Titus needs to find a new job. In 2008, he will be declared city surplus.
The city needs a patrol dog and not a sniffer dog. The violent crime in the city has rapidly increased in the past few years, and the department needs a dog that can track suspected criminals and apprehend offenders instead of sniffing out drugs.
Titus will be transferred to another law enforcement agency in early 2008.
The Sequim Police Department will bring in a new dog with 640 hours of training. Hill said the amount of training the police dog will have will be almost as much as a full-time public officer. (Hill received 720 hours of training.)
Hill is sad to see his partner go because he said he spent more time with him than any other living being, including his family. Titus rides with him for 40-50 hours a week and goes home with him.
But he understands the city’s need for a different kind of police dog that will help reduce the crime rates.
The police department said they can’t train Titus now to be a different type of police dog because it would be extremely difficult to teach a four-year-old dog to be aggressive.
Source: Peninsula Daily News