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Denison police K-9 nears retirement

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Denison police Sgt. William Deering with Ivar. (KTEN) Denison police Sgt. William Deering with Ivar. (KTEN)
Denison police dog Ivar is nearing retirement from the force. (KTEN) Denison police dog Ivar is nearing retirement from the force. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- The Denison Police Department's K-9 is hanging up his leash.

Ivar joined the squad in 2013 thanks to donations. His replacement will be funded the same way.

"The Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association has a drive going on right now for donations for the dog," police spokesman Lt. Michael Eppler said. "They were very instrumental when we got Ivar, in providing almost all the funding for that unit."

Ivar wears many different hats, and he has played a vital role during active investigations.

"He's a great asset for helping us do things that a normal officer can't do," said Sgt. William Deering, Ivar's handler. "He comes home with me; he comes to work with me; we spend a lot of time together."

Police dogs are considered "surplus equipment," and a new proposition on the Texas ballot in November will make it possible for them to be adopted, just like military dogs.

With Sgt. Deering and Ivar having such a close bond, his next home may be a familiar one.

"When Ivar does retire, I do want him to retire with me, Deering said. "That would mean he would come home and just be a normal dog; he wouldn't have to go to work or anything."

Ivar's retirement has nothing to do with his health or abilities, it's just time for him to enjoy a normal pet life.

"K-9s have a life span, a useful working lifespan, and he's getting to the end of his," Eppler said. "He's still a good dog. He still does a great job. But it gets to the point where it's time for them to retire and just live their life."

Deering adds that an important part of K-9 duty is being connected with the public, and he promises to keep that trend going when the new police dog and handler arrive... which will depend on both money and staffing levels.

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