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Posted on: October 20, 2016

[ARCHIVED] K-9 DEPUTY RETIRES AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF HONORABLE SERVICE

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K-9 Deputy Dick has devoted his entire adult life to serve and protect the deputies and citizens of Hidalgo County.

The nine-and-a-half-year-old Belgium Malinois was assigned to the Narcotic Enforcement Unit, where he served assisting in investigations and criminal highway interdiction, and was responsible for the seizure of several thousand pounds of illicit narcotics.

"We wanted to bring K-9 Deputy Dick with us today, but he was in a competition," said Capt. Raul Cantu. "He will definitely be missed by many."

Deputy Dick served for seven years before being retired due to an injury on his right knee. The K-9 was adopted by his long-time handler Sr. Deputy Javier Solis Jr.

Division Chief Gabriel Castaneda said that the welfare of the dogs is always a priority.

"Once our dogs retire, we ask the handler to try and take him in if able and willing, if not, we go to the animal's partner, by then they usually are taken in, however if that's not the case, we try to find a responsible person who is able to give the animal a home," said Castaneda, following the meeting. "Our goal is to find an appropriate match."

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