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Pasadena police dog “Art” retired from the Police Department last week during a special ceremony and party in his honor at the Pasadena Air Operations Center.
Art is credited with 593 narcotics finds and discovered $4,653,000 in cash during his career, Pasadena police Interim Police Chief Christopher Vicino said.
But after spending nine years serving Pasadena, a shoulder injury suffered in training 7 years ago forced Art to retire Pasadena police Officer Tom Brown said.
City officials and police officers from Pasadena and other communities attended the event Thursday evening at the Pasadena Police Department’s heliport in Altadena.
In May, Art underwent surgery for his left leg, Brown said, and officials determined it was time for him to retire.
The Pasadena Police Department maintains two K-9 units, officials said. The department’s other police dog, “Bono,” remains on duty, said his handler, Officer Donovan Jones.
A new handler has already been selected to replace Brown, Jones added, and police were in the process of selecting a new dog. As of Thursday, the Pasadena Independent learned that a new dog is undergoing training now to become another K9 officer for Pasadena. His name, Figo!
Officer Brown and Art along with the San Gabriel Valley K-9 Association handlers and their K9 “partners” also enjoyed the party last Thursday. This event took place at the PPD Heliport. Lieutenant Phlunte’ Riddle coordinated the K-9 retirement.
In a written statement, Interim Chief Vicino said police dogs provide an invaluable service to the Pasadena Police Department.