Retired police canine dies |

Retired police canine dies

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Retired South Lake Tahoe Police canine “Buddy” died at the age of 16, said Sgt. Brian Williams in a statement this week.

Buddy served as the canine partner of retired Officer Brian McGuckin between 1999 and 2005, after the police department purchased the dog using $10,000 donated by South Shore residents.

Buddy was particularly skilled in narcotics detection, building searches, apprehending fleeing felons and officer protection, Williams said.

He was also “among the most athletic dogs ever employed by the department,” Williams said.

“Buddy had an extraordinary ability to leap over very tall obstacles in his job performance,” Williams said. “Officer McGuckin was occasionally teased by fellow officers that Buddy should have been equipped with a Superman cape as part of his uniform.”

According to McGuckin, who still resides in Northern California, Buddy always seemed to miss police work.

Although he will miss his longtime companion and faithful partner terribly, McGuckin said that Buddy enjoyed a comfortable long life and left a strong working legacy for the police canine program at the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Williams said.

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