Update 9/6/13: Caro will be spending his retirement with his former handler, who had the winning bid at the auction.
Update 8/29/13 11:40 a.m. (PST): Following a flurry of comments from Facebook fans who are stunned that a highly trained police dog would be offered up for sale to the general public, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office issued this explanation for their actions:
The reason we are selling the canine is that his handler has resigned. We would love to give the canine to his handler but under section 59 of the penal code we have to sell him at public auction. The canine was bought with seizure funds. Anything bought with seizure funds has to be sold at public auction. We looked at having the canine retrained to a new handler, however at his age it is not feasible for the cost that we would incur. Also, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office has another canine in place that is better suited for the needs of Rusk County.
A highly trained police dog is being placed up for sale to the general public in Rusk County, Texas, reported Tuesday’s KETK News.
The rather unusual news was announced to the followers of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page on Tuesday; the post reads:
The Sheriff’s office will be having a sale on September 6 at 12 noon. We will be selling 1 canine (dog) 6 year old male German Shepherd. This is a law enforcement trained dog. This animal is trained in narcotics and attack / bite.
The County of Rusk and the Sheriff’s Office accepts no liability after the sale of this animal. The sale will be held in front of the annex building across from Boatcycle on the corner of North Van Buren and West Depot Street.
A call to the sheriff’s office on Thursday revealed that the dog’s name is “Caro,” and he is not being retired, or sold for behavior issues. Instead, his handler had accepted a job elsewhere, and Caro is not going with him, nor being reassigned to a new partner.
News of the sheriff’s office intention to sell the German shepherd has generated some controversy with those who have viewed the notice of the upcoming sale on Facebook. Some question the potential liability for selling a highly trained dog to the general public, others hope that the dog does not wind up in the wrong hands.
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