(Juneau) As the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office welcomes a new K-9 to their ranks, another K-9 has completed its last shift. K-9 Tek officially retired on Friday.
“Lieutenant [Taylor] Nehls will take Tek home and we’re still working out all those details. He will retire on the Nehls homestead,” says Sheriff Dale Schmidt.
On Tek’s last day, Dodge County dispatch had a special message for the K-9 and his handler Lieutenant Taylor Nehls.
“We would like to thank K-9 Tek for his thirty-eight-and-a-half dog years, otherwise known as five-and-a-half-years of distinguished service to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and to your handler Lieutenant Nehls. Thank you Tek for serving the citizens of Dodge County with over 98 arrests, 314 deployments, and carrying the safety of our deputies and other agencies each and every shift. And making sure your partner went home safely every night.”
Schmidt says Tek has been a valued member of their agency and will be truly missed. Tek was a member of the sheriff’s office SWAT team, Drug Task Force, and enjoyed giving numerous presentations to surrounding schools and community events. The sheriff’s office will be losing another K-9 as Kid is set to retire at the end of June.
–Photo courtesy of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page