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‘Shep,’ the Police Department’s Hero K-9, Succumbs to Cancer

Officers are mourning the loss of the German Shepard that served “bravely and valiantly” for more than 10 years.

For more than 10 years, Shep, the Lakewood Police Department’s K-9, “bravely and valiantly” served the city of Lakewood.

The German Shepard police dog sniffed out an untold amount of drugs and tracked down Lakewood criminals.

He died this week after a “courageous battle” with cancer. 

Capt. Gary Sprague said that the nearly 11-year-old Shep — the partner of police officer Chris Obrock — will be missed as any officer would be.

“I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times he sniffed out drugs or tracked down a suspect,” Sprague said. “Over the years, it was day in and day out — he was working.”

The loss of Shep leaves the department with only one K-9 unit in the department, and police officials will now begin the difficult task of replacing him.

“Technically he was a police officer,” added Sprague. “He was a working member of the department and he will be missed.”

Cards may be sent in care of the police department, however no service is scheduled.

Silvia Weber January 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM
With deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear companion and co-worker. He was a beauty!
pam ghaster January 26, 2013 at 01:39 PM
What a beauty! I am so sad to see him gone. I have a 13 year old lab who is sick and he is my companion and the thought of him being gone brings tears. pam ghaster
pam ghaster January 26, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Very handsome guy he will be missed. pam ghaster
Chris January 26, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I saw a demonstration of Shep's work in the Citizens Academy and he was amazing. I am sorry for the loss of the department and especially his partner.
Steve January 26, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Dogs are family, only difference is he had two, the police dept. and his handler and family. He did his job and will be sorly missed. On a side note, if lakewood ends its bsl ban, there are many pit bull's that can do the same job all over the country...Hint, Hint...Now go play with all the other dogs at the bridge, you earned it, Shep...
Alexandra January 26, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Very sorry for his loss, saw him in his car so many times
Jack Adderboilt January 26, 2013 at 04:06 PM
"Old Sheppie has gone where the good doggies go And no more with Old Shep will I roam But if dogs have a heaven there's one thing I know Old Shep has a wonderful home ..." (Red Foley)
DLSJR January 26, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Sorry about Shep. I hope he gets some kind of a Police/Hero service though. May I suggest a Rhodesian Ridgeback (African Lion Hunter) they are known to stare Death in the face, and step forward. My Rhodi also has the nickname of Hoover, he has a fantastic nose. They also have less health issues like Shepards do.
Tamara Bako January 26, 2013 at 05:09 PM
So very sorry about not only the Police Dept's loss but the City of Lakewood. Thank you, Shep for your service to the community. My deepest sympathies to his handler (partner) and family. I know his loss is much deeper for you. RIP Shep.
Pat Duchon January 26, 2013 at 08:19 PM
God called another hero home. Pat Duchon
Dory Teresko January 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I took the Police Academy course several years ago which was wonderful. On my "ride along" on a Sat. nite (my choice), I was paired with a terrific policewoman. Being in my 60's at the time and considered a little old white haired lady, I was tickled to see Chris and Shep always standing a ways behind us whenever we went to a "call". We had some pretty serious things happen, but I was never afraid because of my wonderful capable partner and our two little guardian angels watching over us. To lose your little love breaks your heart but how lucky we were to have known Shep. I have lived iin Lakewood for 46 years and have always been so proud and appreciative of our police and firemen who care for us as well as our four legged friends. My heartfelt thanks to you all and to Shep, who will never be forgotten. Take heart, Chris, he will love you always.
angelo January 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM
My condolences to the Police Department and especially to his handler who lost a close friend and partner. Shep's wprk and that of the entire department is most appreciated.
pam ghaster April 01, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I remember Shep. My beloved lab 'Riley passed away last Wednesday. I remember reading this and crying. He was my family and will be forever missed. Hopefully he is with Shep running in heaven.
Steve April 02, 2013 at 12:46 AM
So sorry for your loss, Pam, It's very hard to lose a family member, I know this all to well. They are both running free now, with many, many others, but he will always be waiting for You at the Bridge.

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