The Sioux City Police Department was saddened at the sudden loss of K9 Dasty after a brief illness Monday February 6, 2012. For nearly 10 years, K9 Dasty worked the night shift and proved himself a faithful and loyal partner. He has conducted hundreds of searches for drugs, tracked numerous fleeing criminals, and aided in the capture of felons. He was awarded 2nd place overall in the 2006 Patrol Dog Trials and was a member of first place teams in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Chief Doug Young said of the loss of K9 Dasty that not only is it a loss to his handler, Officer Rich Little, and the Department, “but also to the citizens of Sioux City who he served honorably and faithfully.
“This is tough for Officer Little and the team. These dogs are more than just a partners to us but also a member of our family,” said Sgt J Fleckenstein, head of the K9 program.
With his passing, the K9 team will be down to four dogs while his replacement is trained.
“It takes over a year to get a dog and a handler ready for patrol duty.” Sgt Fleckenstein explained. “This program demands a tremendous commitment from the K9’s and their handlers.”
“The value that the K9’s bring to our team is immeasurable,” added Chief Young. “Losing K9 Dasty will be felt for a while and he is a dog that many officers will not soon forget.”