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Concord department holds memorial for Charik

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CONCORD, Mass. — He’s been her partner since he was just a puppy and has worked with her on countless cases, but now Concord Police Officer Sylvia Toumayan is saying goodbye to her German shepherd, Charik.

Suffering from canine degenerative myelopathy — a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs — Charik, 8 ½, had to be euthanized, and a memorial service is being held for the dog Friday.

Through his years with the department, Toumayan said Charik has built up an extensive resume. He has assisted Toumayan and the department with cases involving house and car break-ins, narcotics and finding missing people. He’s also responded to many calls from surrounding towns requesting mutual aid.

Most recently, Charik and Toumayan assisted Boston police after the Red Sox won the World Series in October, as members of the Concord Police Department are part of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.

They also assisted in Boston after the Marathon bombings last April and in Watertown when suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended.

Toumayan, who was been with the department for 17 years, spoke to Wicked Local about her partner’s health earlier this year.

“It’s just really hard,” she said. “The hard part about it is there is nothing I can do.”

Toumayan thanked all the veterinarians who have taken care of Charik since he was young, including Wignall Animal Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn and a retired veterinarian dentist, Dr. Laura LeVan, from Concord.


Pittsfield police German shepherd credited with saving 2 lives

Pittsfield Police

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A valued veteran of the Pittsfield Police Department credited with saving two lives during his career has died.

Chief Michael Wynn said in a statement Monday that Nero, the department’s German shepherd, died recently after a long illness.

Nero spent eight years with the department.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that in 2009, Nero found a woman who wandered from a homeless shelter in freezing temperatures. Nero located the woman trying to keep warm in a pile of leaves.

In 2012, Nero tracked an elderly man who had wandered from home in freezing temperatures. The dog traced the man two miles to a barn where he was trying to keep warm.

Nero is also credited with apprehending numerous felons and helping find more than 40 pounds of illegal drugs.


K-9 suffers laceration near left eye

MBTA Police

BOSTON — A Cambridge man is facing charges after MBTA Transit Police said he began to torment a K-9 sitting in the back of a police cruiser Tuesday night.

A transit police officer, along with his K-9 partner Viktor, were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street just before 8 p.m. when a man, later identified as Antonio Brown, was crossing the street in a crosswalk.

For unknown reasons, Brown diverted from the crosswalk and walked to the back of the police cruiser where Viktor was seated.

At that point, police said Brown began to hiss, grunt and bark at Viktor, which caused him to become so excited and agitated that he suffered a small laceration next to his left eye.

As the officer got out of his cruiser Brown started to laugh as he ran off. Police said Brown then got in a vehicle and drove away.

The officer was able to catch up to Brown and pulled his vehicle over before taking him into custody and charging him with willfully tormenting a police dog.


Police say suspect fought officers

Cohasset police

COHASSET, Mass. —A K-9 police officer helped authorities apprehend a suspect in Cohasset on Saturday, news partner Wicked Local reports.

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Police said they confronted a 52-year-old man in Norwell Saturday who was wanted in connection with an alleged domestic abuse assault and battery.

The suspect refused to show his hands and surrender to police, so K-9 officer Erik, a 3-year-old Slovakian German shepherd, was deployed to control the suspect, officials said.

“Foolishly, he opted to fight with the officers and a well-trained police dog,” said William Quigley, the acting police chief of Cohasset.

Officers were able to handcuff the man after Erik made contact with the suspect.

James Hazelhurt, of Stoughton, was charged with domestic assault and battery and resisting arrest. He was treated and released at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

The dog was not injured, police said.

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