A Surplus Vote Means a Dogs Retirement
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department
posted Jan 23 2014 11:25AM
When the Marshalltown City Council recognized the retirement of K-9 officer Awol, there was still one more vote they had to put in place. And it’s an important one according to Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper.
“The resolution would allow the city to recognize Awol as surplus property.”
And he recognizes the word ‘surplus’ might sound unfeeling.
However, he does say, “I know it may sound a bit insensitive when we’re talking about an animal, but that’s how we do it.”
If made a surplus by the city, Awol would be able to be purchased by his current handler, Sgt. Melinda Roop.
And how much would the city ask for? Well, only $1.00 is necessary.
Chief Tupper says this is a vote the city has had to make before.
“As we had to do back in 2012 with Officer Stevenson,” Tupper says, “typically we give K9 that’s retiring to the handler because that dog has lived with them, basically, their entire life.”
He also mentions why it’s so important Awol and his handler say together.
“They’re still special service dogs that require special attention and special training on the part of the owner; and it’s not just some you can just give to somebody in the general public.”
The vote to officially recognize Awol city surplus will take place on Monday, January 25th.
--By 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke