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A Loyal Petaluma K-9 Officer For Five Years

He was seven years old


Police dog on duty


Petaluma Police K-9

Flag half staffMax, a Belgian Malinois,
was euthanized after a loyal career as a K-9 Officer for the
Petaluma Police Department for 5 years.

Memorial RoseHe was seven years old.



the Fingerprint of God
is a Paw

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                          Malinois Headstudy

Flag half staffMax protected his handler and other officers in their work, and searched
for hidden suspects and evidence, among other things.

Max completed a 200-hour narcotic-detection course in October 2004, enabling him to detect the odor of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

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The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his DOG.

When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in it's journey through the heavens.

If misfortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies.  
    - George Graham Vest - c. 1855

My deepest sympaty to the Petaluma Police Department.
Memorial Rose         -Elle  

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Argus Courier

July 19, 2008

Protest over Max's death generated several letters to
the Argus Courier these past few weeks.  Local letters and even one coming all the way from Texas called for humane treatment for our police dogs. 

Already labeled as unfriendly to animals, Petaluma is awakening to the cries of our four-legged friends.

But was Max euthanized cold-heartedly after a five-year career with the Petaluma Police Department?  I contacted the Petaluma Police Department and spoke with Chief Steve Hood.

I respect Chief  Hood's response and with his permission I insert his letter to the Argus Courier:

Argus Courier


July 16, 2008


Petaluma Argus-Courier
PO Box 1091
Petaluma, CA 94953

Managing Editor Chris Samson:

 The Petaluma Police Department recently lost a well-loved member of our canine unit - Max - and it's important that the community understand why. This was a unique and tragic situation. Our officers become very close to the dogs who live and work with us. In all other Petaluma cases, retired dogs live out the rest of their days with their handlers, their best friends. Unfortunately, this wasn't possible with Max.

Max served Petaluma well for five years. He was highly trained, had a distinguished career and was well regarded both inside and outside the department. We expected him to continue working for several more years, and although Max was not involved in any bad behavior or conduct on patrol or with members of the public, to our dismay, Max began showing signs of a psychological disorder in training. A few months ago, he began biting handlers and trainers. His behavior became erratic and unpredictable while continuing to decline. He was no longer controllable by his handler, and therefore was no longer an effective working police dog who also did not meet standards of safety for the public. 

Max was removed from duty and examined by our veterinarian and behavior experts, and the consensus was that his condition was not reversible, would continue to decline and that he had become a risk to the public's safety. Max was not adoptable, as rescue shelters we are aware of ultimately seek to place their animals in homes or with families, which was not an option with Max.  After seeking other solutions, we made the impossible decision to have him euthanized. His handler, Rick Cox, was at his side.  Max’s ashes remain with Rick and his family.

That was the responsible thing to do, but it was very difficult on all of us at the Police Department, and particularly for Officer Cox. Max was a member of his family and it will take time for them to recover from his loss. The canine program is something we are very proud of in Petaluma and we've appreciated the community's support for it. We are all deeply saddened by the events that led to Max’s death but he lives on in our hearts.

Steven Hood

Chief of Police

Petaluma Police Department


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The 2013 Afghan Rescue Calendar is now available.  It continues the new look with all new stories and photos of our beloved hounds.

AfghanHound.com is a private web site and has no affiliation with AfghanHound.net or any other Afghan Hound web site.  The intention for the calendar ad is to help Afghan Hound Rescue and to benefit Afghan Hounds in need.  I urge you to support the breed rescue for the tremendous amount of work they do to save these magnificent dogs.


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Afghan Hound Rescue Sites

Special Canine Sites

Honoring our Nation's War Dogs and their Handlers

 Afghan Hound Sites
Afghan Hound Rescue of Southern California

Afghan Hound Club of America The American Kennel Club

Afghan Hound Rescue Central Ohio  
Afghan Hound Database And Breed Information Exchange

Afghan Hound Rescue of New England, Inc.

Afghan Hound Rescue Of California

Wine Country Greyhound Adoption

Greyhound Adoption


If disaster strikes are you ready?
Don't leave your pets behind!
The following links will help you prepare.

Go to:
Emergency Preparedness

City of Petaluma Emergency Preparedness Programs:

City of Petaluma Flood & Emergency Preparation

City of Petaluma Fire Department

City of Petaluma Police Department


Marcelle Guy



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