New Castle County Police Department’s award-winning K-9 dog Nike, who has been in declining health recently, will be put to rest today with his police partner, Senior Cpl. Mark Tobin, and his family by his side.
Given the dog’s worsening condition, Tobin made the decision to euthanize Nike, said agency spokesman Cpl. John Weglarz Sr.
The 13-year-old German Shepherd served the residents of New Castle County for more than a decade – visiting schools, tracking criminals and helping recover more than $2 million in drug and cash seizures.
One of Nike’s important finds was recovering a knife used in a homicide which led to the arrest of a suspect on murder charges.
He also helped locate and save the life of a 12-year-old girl who had overdosed, and a 6-year-old autistic boy who had disappeared in 97-degree heat.
Nike also found an Alzheimer’s patient who had wandered away from home one frigid windy night in just a nightgown, and locate the home of a 2-year-old boy found walking alone on a busy street where his father was arrested.
In December 2010, Nike and his partner were honored by the American Kennel Club with its 2010 Award for Canine Excellence in Long Beach California.