Beaver Dam K9 Blade Retiring

(Beaver Dam) One of two canine’s in the Beaver Dam Police Department will be retiring next week. Blade is a pure-bred Labrador that was 14-month-old’s when he joined the department in the spring of 2013. Blade was trained for drug detection and also as a tracking dog, useful in finding missing persons or flushing out suspects until his partner arrives on scene.  Blade will continue to live with his handler, Officer Nathan Keener. K9 Program Supervisor Lt. Matt Reil says Blade had 109 arrests over the five-year period. Reil told us Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment that the groundwork is being laid to find another dog. A handler will be selected by the end of this month and then the handler will be matched with a dog. The department has some money set aside and is accepting donations for the balance.