September 8, 1999 |
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.
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.
October 25, 2008 |
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.
May 9, 2011 |
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.
June 26, 2010 |
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.
December 1, 2006 |
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.
March 22, 1990 |
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.
June 27, 2010 |
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.
October 23, 2008 |
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.
March 24, 2007 |
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.