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September 8, 1999 | By Michael Stoll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Mike Andrel whacks his dog Ruger on the flank to make him bark angrily at a colleague and, on command, leap and bite the man's arm - hard. "Platz!" yells Andrel, using the German word for "sit. " Instantly, Ruger begs off, eyeing the asbestos arm protector on his victim but obediently awaiting new commands. The apparent violence of the exercise belies the subtlety of police-dog training - an art that has propelled Andrel to the closest thing there is to a world championship.
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May 10, 2011
Vigil for slain bar owner Family and friends of John Adams, an Olney bar owner who died a year ago today after being shot in a robbery outside his bar, will hold a candlelight vigil in his memory at 6 tonight. Adams, 47, ran Johnny's Top Cat Club, on 5th Street near Ruscomb. He was accosted by two men outside his bar the night of May 2, 2010, after he walked a female patron to her car. After being shot by one man, he died in a hospital eight days later. The vigil will be held outside the club, which has since been closed.
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October 25, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andy, the Plymouth Township police dog accidentally shot this week during a search for bank-robbery suspects, will be remembered at a memorial service on Wednesday. Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph Lawrence said yesterday that hundreds of condolences had come in from the public, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, law-enforcement agencies from the area, and police departments in Ohio, Virginia and Connecticut. "Basically, we are treating this as an officer killed in the line of duty," said Lawrence.
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May 9, 2011 | By Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press
TRENTON - People who intentionally kill police dogs or dogs involved in search-and-rescue operations may soon face stiffer penalties in New Jersey. The Assembly is set to consider legislation, named after a Gloucester Township police dog killed in November, that would mandate minimum five-year prison terms - with no chance of parole - for such offenders, who also would face fines of up to $15,000. The current maximum sentence is three to five years in prison. The measure, set to be considered on Monday, was passed by the state senate in February.
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June 26, 2010 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Williamstown man barked up the wrong tree Friday when, authorities said, he burglarized 10 cars in Gloucester Township, Camden County, then came face to snout with a determined police dog. Joseph A. McLaughlin, 40, of the 1800 block of the North Black Horse Pike, was allegedly breaking into vehicles in the township's Cobblestone development shortly after 3 a.m. when a resident spotted him and called police, authorities said. Officers showed up with a police dog which caught the scent of the burglar from one of the cars, quickly located the fleeing suspect, and took him down, authorities said.
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December 1, 2006 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nelo, a beloved drug-sniffing police dog that was found dead on Wednesday, was the victim of an apparent hunting accident, authorities said yesterday. Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll said a hunter who had a connection to the West Caln Township property where the 16-month-old German shepherd was found admitted shooting Nelo. "He seemed to be genuinely upset," said Carroll. "He said he mistook the dog for a coyote. " Carroll said the man, who will not be identified until the investigation has been completed, said the shooting occurred Monday morning.
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March 22, 1990 | By S. E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
After a three-month illness, Boss, the 8-year-old police dog, died last week after a relapse. Boss died March 11 due to complications with his esophagus, according to Daniel Buckley, his handler and partner of seven years. "The spark wasn't there," said Buckley, who explained that Boss was unable to recover from two operations during a two-month stay at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Boss was hospitalized in mid-March for bouts with nausea and vomiting.
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June 27, 2010 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Williamstown man barked up the wrong tree Friday when, authorities said, he burglarized 10 cars in Gloucester Township, Camden County, then came face to snout with a determined police dog. Joseph A. McLaughlin, 40, of the 1800 block of the North Black Horse Pike, is accused of breaking into vehicles in the township's Cobblestone development shortly after 3 a.m. when a resident called police, authorities said. Officers showed up with a police dog, which caught the burglar's scent from one of the cars, quickly located the fleeing suspect, and took him down, authorities said.
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October 23, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Plymouth Township police dog died in the line of duty yesterday, leaving a department in mourning. Andy, a German shepherd who joined the force in 2005, was accidentally shot by an officer during a search for robber suspects in Lower Gwynedd Township. The bullet also struck Andy's handler, Officer Louis Layfield, in the chest of his bulletproof vest, Plymouth Township Chief Joseph F. Lawrence said. "This is a big loss. He was one of us," Lawrence said. "I was at the hospital when we had to euthanize him. I think we all shed a tear.
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March 24, 2007 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Chester County man who mistook a beloved police dog for a coyote and fatally shot it in November was charged yesterday with damage to property. If found guilty of the summary offense, Dennis Frederick Herr of Glenmoore will have to pay damages estimated at more than $12,000, said Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll. The nearly four-month investigation included a reenactment of the events that led to the Nov. 27 shooting of the Brandywine Regional Police Department drug-sniffing dog, Nelo, Carroll said in a news release.
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September 18, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
STING, A Belgian Malinois trained by police to detect explosives, has a problem. If someone reaches for his neck or pulls on his leash, he will turn and bite. Enter Cesar Millan, the "Dog Whisperer. " On Friday, Millan visited the Huntingdon Valley home of Carol Skaziak, founder of Throw Away Dogs, a nonprofit that rescues potential police K-9s. With the cameras rolling, Millan firmly took Sting's leash. The dog, clearly overstimulated by all the strangers in the room, tried several times to bound away but Millan held tight.
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July 11, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
As a growing number of police departments nationally install video cameras on dashboards and purchase body cameras, a transparency activist in New Jersey says the footage should be made available to the public. "It's in the best interest of the police and in the best interest of the public," John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project, said last week. A state appeals panel has agreed with Paff, upholding a lower court that allowed him to see the dashcam video of a Jan. 29, 2014, traffic stop in which a Tuckerton Borough patrol officer allegedly sicced his police dog on an unarmed motorist.
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June 19, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The Vineland police officers who released a K9 onto a man who later died were justified in their use of force, authorities said Friday, citing a grand jury's decision not to indict the officers. The ruling came more than a year after Phillip White's scuffle with police on a residential street on March 31, 2015, and for the first time revealed what authorities determined to be the cause of death: Phencyclidine, or PCP, intoxication, which they said sent White into cardiac arrest. The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, which released the findings in a statement, said the police dog did not cause any "penetrating wounds" and could not have caused White's death.
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June 10, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia woman's desire to have a dog in the fight against crime has inspired her to donate $22,000 to outfit the Philadelphia Police Department's K-9 dogs with bulletproof vests. The donation, made to the Philadelphia Police Foundation by Joanne Berwind, was announced Wednesday at a news conference outside Police Headquarters. Commissioner Richard Ross thanked Berwind for recognizing that canine cops have it ruff too. "They would give their lives for their partners," Ross said of the K-9 dogs.
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May 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police shot and killed a pit bull that was attacking a woman in North Philadelphia late Thursday night, authorities said. Capt. Nicholas Brown of the East Detective Division said Friday that two officers were on routine patrol shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday when they were waved down by the woman on the 3200 block of North American Street. The 27-year-old woman, who did not live on that block, was being attacked by a dog that wasn't hers, he said. "She was actively being attacked when she jumped onto the hood of a car," Brown said.
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May 5, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The morning that 3-year-old Brendan Creato was reported missing in Haddon Township, sparking a massive search by residents and authorities, a K-9 dog tracked his scent using one of Brendan's Mickey Mouse slippers. The police dog led investigators down Cooper Street, into woods near South Park Drive, down a dirt path, to a creek where Brendan's body was partially submerged. Brendan was wearing pajamas and socks, and the socks were clean. The site was three-quarters of a mile from his father's apartment, where he was last said to have been seen.
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May 3, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
IT WAS graduation day for Rousey, a stray German shepherd rescued last summer by a Philadelphia-area nonprofit with the goal of making her a police dog. After 10 weeks of training, Rousey officially became a K-9 at a ceremony Saturday in Roanoke, Va. She will serve with the Rocky Mount Police Department, which is just south of Roanoke. It was the end of one journey and the beginning of another for Rousey, who was given a second chance by Throw Away Dogs and its founder Carol Skaziak.
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April 19, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
One of two men suspected in an armed robbery was shot and killed by Vineland police early Sunday after he fired at officers who pursued them, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's office. Authorities said a gun was found beside 31-year-old Richard Bard Jr. after he was shot. The unidentified officer involved was placed on routine administrative leave. At about 1 a.m., Vineland police responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Seventh and Cherry Streets. Officers said they found a robbery victim who reported that his two assailants had fled the scene.
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