Officer Demoted After Dumping Retired Police K9 At Animal Shelter

Jackson Police K9 Ringo served as a narcotics officer for nearly a decade before he was left at a shelter.

Madison, MS – A Jackson Police Department (JPD) detective was demoted after the agency learned that he surrendered his retired K9 partner to an animal shelter.

K9 Ringo, a Labrador Retriever, served as a narcotics officer alongside Jackson Police Detective Carl Ellis for nearly a decade, KCCI reported.

In October, K9 Ringo retired from the police force, and was “thought to be living with his handler” ever since, the JPD said in a statement, according to the Clarion Ledger.

The agency later learned that Det. Ellis had given K9 Ringo to an animal shelter shortly after the police K9 was retired, and that the dog was subsequently adopted by his former trainer.

Alpha Canine Training Center’s Randy Hare, who has trained police K9 officers for the past 40 years, said he was shocked when he spotted K9 Ringo on the animal shelter's website, KCCI reported.

He said he trained K9 Ringo nine years ago, and recognized him immediately.

“Regardless of how it happened or why it happened – it happened,” Hare said. “They were supposed to retire with their handlers and be with their handlers.”

Hare immediately adopted K9 Ringo.

The JPD has since demoted K9 Ringo’s former handler to “patrol duty,” the Clarion Ledger reported.

"The Jackson Police Department respects and holds our canines with high regard just as we do any other officer within our department," the department said in a statement. "They are family, and we do not feel they deserve anything less than a loving home in retirement."

JPD Chief James Davis said he has “implemented protocol which requires quarterly welfare checks for all canines, both active duty and retired,” the statement read.

The agency is also drafting policy that will outline specific requirements “related to retired canines and their welfare, so that they are provided with the best care possible,” the department said.

“You get into this business because you appreciate dogs and what they’re able to do,” Hare told KCCI.

He said that many police K9s are treated very well, but that some are treated more as a “piece of equipment.”

“And when they’re treated like equipment, sometimes they’re disposed of like equipment,” K9 Ringo’s new owner said.

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CWALTERS13
CWALTERS13

Nothing like making police officers look bad. Apparently having a partner is inconvenient to "Officer" Ellis. No matter that the dog made him look good for nine years. Carl Ellis has a facebook page. Just saying.

116th
116th

I always love the practice of demoting members to “patrol duty”. “Hey, you’re a disgrace to our agency so we are relegating you back where the young, impressionable, frontline officers are.” This blows my mind whenever an agency does this. What does it say about your hard working, ethical and moral members who probably envied this jerk at some level? “Hey this tool threw his partner out with the trash, so you deal with him. “

Jack Frost 2
Jack Frost 2

What a disgrace

Bill Dunbar
Bill Dunbar

Why doe the officer still have a job? Why hasn't the Squad beat his ass? This is unforgivable and the officer would throw anyone out to save himself.

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

I agree he should not be “demoted” to patrol where he can teach young officers what else? Unreal. If his situation was he could not take care of him he should have said something.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Wow! I'm at a loss for words. If this officer felt he could not or would no longer be able to care for the dog then there are plenty of other options besides this one. The only positive thing is he brought the dog to the shelter and didn't just abandon him somewhere else.

Jjm060
Jjm060

Fire his ass. You don’t do a K9 officer like that. What kind of monster are you? I hope all the other officers treat this monster like crap. Don’t back him up, he’s on his own.

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

The back story to this is that once K9 Ringo was retired from duty, former Det. Ellis, dropped the dog off for boarding at the department approved vet, whose bill was being paid by the citizens of Jackson. The itemized bill was shared in local news and all charges were for boarding, no medical care needed. He then picked the dog up for his official retirement ceremony and promptly returned him to the vet afterwards. Not clear how the K9 ended up at the animal shelter but the rest of the story is covered in this article. From a South Mississippian who is outraged over this K9 officer’s mistreatment. I totally agree his handler has no business being demoted where he can still influence young, impressionable rookie officers. He should be fired and lose his pension!

angeleyes
angeleyes

if he had mistreated any other piece of "equipment" and just tossed it aside (as in his weapon or vehicle) he would have been fired. This should be no different, this was a living being with a heart and he should be fired for what he did.

VicG
VicG

Just heartless. Dump him...

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

The problem with K9 officers is even if another officer or person wanted him after the K-9 was retired, the K-9's usually don't do well with anyone but his trainer or his human partner. But firing the officer over this?? Come on. Maybe there was a good reason that he couldn't keep him.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The police officer shouldn't have been demoted. K9 units are just dogs. Some police officers get emotional about them, but they shouldn't. I mean police officers routinely shoot dogs to death when serving warrants and police dogs have no metaphysical value above and beyond those dead dogs. I am glad the k9 unit was adopted here, but I also hope that he doesn't bite any innocents in his life as a pet. Quarterly welfare checks on retired K9 units makes me think that Jacksonville is overfunding the police force and should spend that money instead on human services for poor people.

cspcapt
cspcapt

he dumped his partner-fire him

RPG156
RPG156

Demotion is insufficient punishment for such an act unbecoming a law enforcement officer.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

i mean let's face facts -- as states legalize marijuana, a lot of k9 officers will need to be put down because they will no longer be useful. some will be adopted, but there won't be homes for all of them -- especially the ones trained to bite.

LEO030
LEO030

As a dog lover and former K-9 unit supervisor I am appalled by this officers actions. I would have no problem firing him for his actions.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Sick. Sad. Just plain AWFUL. You all have sad what I couldn't after I didn't have the mental capacity to form words upon learning of this.

Never leave a partner behind! Ever.