Petition calls for Indiana police to retire dog from force

K9 Flash St. Joseph

An online petition is part of a push to encourage a northern Indiana police department to allow a police dog to retire and join his former handler’s family.

The South Bend Tribune reports that St. Joseph County police have rejected calls for retiring Flash, saying the 5-year-old German shepherd is capable of working several more years for their K-9 unit.

A public outcry began after Mike Beigelbeck left the department last month to take a private security job at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. He was paired as a canine officer with Flash for three years.

People across the country have signed an online petition asking the department to retire Flash and give him to Beigelbeck’s family. Police say the petition hasn’t caused the department to rethink its decision.

Information from: South Bend Tribune

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