WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – He may be 77 years old, but he’s not letting that slow him down.
For the last seven years, West Lafayette Police K-9 Kay has been protecting and serving the West Lafayette community.
“He’s trained in suspect apprehension, narcotics detection, playing, and tracking suspects,” said handler and West Lafayette Police Officer Jeff Dunscomb.
He got Kay back in 2006, which was only the second K-9 to be on the force. Since then, the two have racked up numerous awards and added several accomplishments to their list.
“He’s responsible for locating huge amounts of drugs over his career, as well as apprehending several wanted criminals,” said Dunscomb.
In January, after nearly a decade serving our community, it was time for Kay to hand in his credentials. It’s a decision Dunscomb said Kay is still having a hard time dealing with.
“I would go to work and he would whine, and cry, and bark, and just carry on for hours after I’d left for work because all those years he’d come with me to work,” said Dunscomb.
Dunscomb admits, Kay isn’t the only one having a hard time adjusting.
“I would literally, for weeks, go to the places where I used to take Kay. And stop my car to let him out, and realize, I don’t have a dog anymore,” said Dunscomb.
Now, six months into retirement, Dunscomb said Kay has started to enjoy himself a little more.
His days of tracking down criminals and sniffing for drugs have now been replaced with chasing tennis balls and going on long walks.
Dunscomb said serving together is something neither he or Kay will ever forget.
“K-9 was awesome and I had a great run with it, but it’s more suited for the younger guys,” said Dunscomb. “It’s a lot of commitment, and it’s just time to relax, just like Kay is.”
Dunscomb still serves on the force as a patrol officer. The West Lafayette Police Department has since gotten a new K-9, Remko, and K-9 officer, Adam Miller.