Retired police dog dumped at animal shelter
JACKSON, Miss. (WKRC) - Ringo the Labrador Retriever was a Jackson Police Offer for nine years.
He was trained by Randy Hare at the Alpha Canine Training Center.
The force thought Ringo was enjoying his retirement and living peacefully with his handler but were shocked to find out that he had been abandoned at an animal shelter.
Randy Hare was disgusted and said, "I don't know that there is a word for being both hurt and mad but I was both of them. And I still am. You know it's just, you just don't turn your back on something like that that's been with you for nine years. Next thing we knew, we got a call from an animal shelter in Madison that Ringo was actually being housed there. And up for adoption."
Jackson Police reported that once they were aware of what the officer who handled Ringo did they demoted him to patrol duty.
The force also stressed how much they love their police dogs and how they are treated like family even after retirement.
"All I have to go on as far as Jackson Police Department is what's happened in the past. I know they have a new administration. I actually hope that they do better than they have in the past. But all I have to go on is the past. So for me, no," Hare said.
Shortly after the incident JPD implemented a quarterly welfare check for their K9s both active and retired.
Hare gladly adopted the retired police dog and said he is enjoying life in his new home.