Law Enforcement Dog Named For K9 Killed In 1999

Courtesy of MLive & Abbie Road Photography 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WLNS) – A new law enforcement dog in western Michigan is named for a Lansing police K9 that was fatally shot following a foot pursuit of an armed suspect in 1999.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says Sabre is a 2-year-old German Shepherd from the Netherlands that joined the department in July. Deputy Dan Alderink says Sabre is “very energetic” with “an absolutely great demeanor.”

An event is planned for Wednesday afternoon at the sheriff’s department to introduce the dog. Sabre was purchased due to the anticipated retirement of another police dog, Joe.

Joe is a 10-year-old German shepherd who is wrapping up an eight-year career with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, that’s according to our media partners at MLive. Sabre will replace Joe and he has quite the reputation to work towards. Joe helped the sheriff’s department lead investigators to a kilo and a half of heroin and 12,000 pounds of marijuana on separate occasions.

Sabre was purchased in July using drug forfeiture money from the vice unit. He is joining two other sheriff’s department dogs, Bart and Ritzey. Bart is a drug dog and Ritzey is an arson dog.

The Lansing Police Department’s dog named Sabre died following a shootout with officers that also killed an 18-year-old man. Lansing’s Sabre was sent into a building alone because of a dangerous situation. He was met by an armed man.

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