SAPS K9 unit mourns crime fight­ing dog

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Northern Cape News -

MEM­BERS and their K9 col­leagues, SAPS em­ploy­ees from the Uiten­hage clus­ter and the com­mu­nity were sad­dened to­day as they learned of the un­timely death of one of Uiten­hage K9’s he­roes, Lenox, a 10-year-old Ger­man shep­herd.

Lenox served the Uiten­hage clus­ter with pride since 2013 and con­trib­uted to­wards the suc­cess­ful ap­pre­hen­sion of sev­eral sus­pects in se­ri­ous cases. Lenox was known to be a very ag­gres­sive dog and only his fe­male han­dler, Sgt Melisa Pot­gi­eter, knew how to han­dle him as he only trusted her.

To­gether, they also par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional talks at var­i­ous schools and fes­ti­vals. Lenox, who was a pa­trol dog, was also in­volved in the suc­cess­ful tack­ling of sev­eral sus­pects which ul­ti­mately con­trib­uted to sev­eral suc­cess­ful con­vic­tions.

Un­for­tu­nately, the health of Lenox started to de­te­ri­o­rate since March 2018 and on Thurs­day his con­di­tion wors­ened and he was taken to a lo­cal vet­eri­nar­ian, where he was di­ag­nosed with can­cer. Due to the se­ri­ous­ness of his ill­ness, Lenox had to leave his earthly call­ing and was called for higher du­ties. A pri­vate cer­e­mony will be ar­ranged by his han­dler in the next few days. – SAPS

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