Nova Scotia RCMP service dog retires after more than 9 years of service

Fri, Feb 23: A dog credited with having helped RCMP track down millions of dollars in cash and cocaine had a special send-off on Friday. Steve Silva has more from his retirement party in Dartmouth.

Jake the police service dog retired from the RCMP on Friday after nine-and-a-half years of service.

“He’s very effective, very good at searching vehicles and finding drugs,” Insp. Dan Murchison said at the dog’s retirement party at the force’s Nova Scotia headquarters in Dartmouth.

“He’s an integral part of the team, and we’re going to sorely miss him.”

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Dozens of people attended the event, gifting the Labrador retriever treats and toys.

Jake’s two-legged partner for his entire career has been Const. Mark Flanagan.

“They played an instrumental role in proceeds of crime investigations and sniffed out over $3.4 million in cash from seizures across the province. Jake also found over $1 million worth of cocaine,” Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said in a press release on Thursday.

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Although his service is over, Jake will continue to live with Flanagan.

“He comes home with me every day, and gets up with me every morning, and goes to bed with me every night,” said the constable. “He’s a true partner and a true friend.”

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