CANINE & EQUINE DUTY DEATHS

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Roll Call of all known Canine & Equines. A Canine & Equine Duty Death is classified as the death of a dog or horse of the Chicago Police Department who has died or have been killed in the line of duty.

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Police Equine Barney

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Bureau of Patrol - Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 - Mounted Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Equine Barney, aged 17 years, was a 6 year, 3 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol – Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 – Mounted Unit.

On March 24, 2003, Police Horse Barney and his partner were on patrol at the 12th Street Beach. Suddenly and without warning Barney became ill and collapsed. The diagnosis of his death was from a probable heart attack or aneurysm.

Police Equine Barney received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 13, 1996.

Police Horse Barney was survived by his handler.

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Police Canine Caesar I

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Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 - Canine Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Canine CAESAR, aged 4.5 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 – Canine Unit.

On February 14, 1972, K-9 CAESAR and his handler, Patrolman James Roser, responded to a manhunt for a suspect wanted in connection for a shooting of an 11 District – Fillmore Patrolman. K-9 CAESAR and Officer Roser arrived at Presentation Catholic Church, 758 South Springfield Avenue. Also responding were Police Canine ROBO and his handler Patrolman Richard Ehrmann. Upon arrival K-9 CAESAR and K-9 ROBO were released into the church by their handlers and began searching to rout out possible suspects. The dogs were searching the ground floor when K-9 CAESAR darted up a flight of stairs into the choir loft. K-9 ROBO followed him upstairs and both dogs continued the search. The dogs were jumping from seat to seat in the loft when K-9 CAESAR apparently mistook the solid wooden choir railing for another tier of seats and jumped over it. He plunged 40 feet into the pews below. K-9 CAESAR was rushed to the a hospital where he succumbed to internal bleeding he sustained in the fall.

The manhunt was being conducted for Frederick Gage, age 17, a one armed boy who had shot Patrolman Henderson Arnold. Officer Arnold was assigned to the Presentation Community Center at 3906 West Lexington Street to provide security for a dance in uniform. Officer Arnold broke up a fight between members of the Four Corner Hustlers and as he escorted the scufflers out the front door shots rang out from in front of the building and he was struck in the foot and arm. Officer Arnold was taken to Illinois Research Hospital in serious condition, and later made a full recovery.

Police Canine CAESAR was born in 1967.

K-9 CAESAR was survived by his handler, James Roser.

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Police Canine Duke I

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Bureau of Field Services - Patrol Division: Unit 058 - Task Force Canine
Chicago Police Department
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Police Canine DUKE was a 6 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services – Patrol Division: Unit 058 – Task Force Canine.

In 1985, K-9 DUKE and his handler, Patrolman Lawrence Rutili, conducted a search for a burglar in a grocery store. During the search K-9 DUKE ingested a piece of hot dog which was laced with, 1080, a poison for rodents. K-9 DUKE was taken to the David R. Lee Animal Care Center located at 2741 South Western Avenue. Doctors worked on K-9 DUKE from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. than night. They drew blood and sent samples to the University of Illinois and Northwestern University for analysis looking for an antitoxin, but there was no cure. They also tried flushing out his system and used antibiotics, but nothing worked. K-9 DUKE would later die.

The powdered poison that killed K-9 DUKE, known as 1080, was placed in the store by Charles Whitsett, who used it in an illegal exterminating business he operated out of his house located at 10909 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Whitsett would dip slices of hot dog in the powder and scatter them across the floor. In August 1984, Circuit Court Judge Anthony J. Scotillo ordered Whitsett to stop operating King Exterminating and using the illegal poison. A few months later Whitsett was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $250 for using the poison. But soon after, Whitsett now operating under a new name, Empire Exterminating Service, continued leaving hot dog slices powdered with 10-80 also known as Sodium Flouroacetate. The poison claimed its first victim, Police Canine DUKE. The poison would also claim the life of Police Canine MAX II. After K-9 MAX was killed and 1080 was found at other sites, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office brought criminal contempt charges against Whitsett for allegedly disobeying the court order.

Police Canine DUKE received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in March, 1979. He graduated from the Police Canine Training Academy in June, 1979.

K-9 DUKE was survived by his handler, Patrolman Lawrence Rutili.

Due to the exact date of the incident and death of K-9 DUKE being unknown, circa January 1, 1985 was used for the date of incident / death. Through research, The “Chicago Police Star Magazine – 1984, November – December” issue mentions K-9 DUKE being alive and the next mention of him is in the “Chicago Police Star Magazine – 1986, January – February” issue, noting his death. It is believed that the incident / death of K-9 DUKE took place sometime in 1985.

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Police Equine Elsie

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Mounted Police Division
Chicago Police Department
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Police Equine Elsie was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Mounted Police Division.

On July 27, 1943, Police Horse Elsie and her partner, Patrolman Harold Hansen, were at Union Station, in front of the Canal Street entrance, at their regular post. George N. Dengler had parked his car alongside the curb and went into the station to purchase railroad tickets. His car was not in park and began to roll. As Police Horse Elsie stood facing the Canal Street entrance with Officer Hansen beside her, the driverless car began to roll away from the curb and struck Police Horse Elsie from behind. Police Horse Elsie sustained a compound fracture to her right hind leg. As a result of the injuries, Police Horse Elsie had to be put down. Captain David Flynn delivered the fatal shot and wept as he administered it.

George N. Dengler was arrested and charged with improper parking and damage to city property.

Police Horse Elsie was survived by her handler, Patrolman Harold Hansen.

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Police Canine King I

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Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 - Canine Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Canine KING was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 – Canine Unit.

In 1978, K-9 KING and his handler, Patrolman John Thibault, conducted a search. During the search K-9 KING ingested a food which was laced with poison for rodents.

Police Canine KING, born in 1969, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 16, 1971.

K-9 KING was survived by his handler, Patrolman John Thibault.

Police Canine Kirk I

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Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 - Canine Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Canine KIRK, aged 9 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 – Canine Unit.

On December 3, 1970, K-9 KIRK and his hander, Patrolman Gerald Burke were on patrol looking for Horace Ruth, 23, who had just robbed a Southside diner. While touring the area, Officer Burke heard a noise and unleashed K-9 KIRK. K-9 KIRK then apprehended Ruth after a rooftop chase in a vacant lot located at 7402 South Dorchester Avenue. When K-9 KIRK caught Ruth he grabbed a hold of Ruth’s upper right leg. It was at this time that Ruth shot K-9 KIRK through the throat. K-9 Kirk screeched in pain and went limp bleeding profusely from his neck. By the time Officer Burke caught up to his partner, he was found laying beside Ruth in the vacant lot. Ruth was also shot in the vacant lot by responding officers and succumbed to his wounds. Ruth’s weapon was not recovered at the scene, however it was believed that Ruth threw the weapon away before he was shot.

Police Canine KIRK was born in 1961.

K-9 KIRK was survived by his handler, Patrolman Gerald Burke.

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Police Canine Max II

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Bureau of Field Services - Patrol Division: Unit 058 - Task Force Canine
Chicago Police Department
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Police Canine MAX II, aged 9 years, was a 4 year, 10 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services – Patrol Division: Unit 058 – Task Force Canine.

On February 9, 1986, K-9 MAX and his handler, Patrolman Charles R. Nork, responded to the State Food Plaza located at 5020 South State street. They were there to track a burglar. While sniffing between the boxes and cans, K-9 MAX either licked or inhaled Sodium Fluoroacetate, a poison exterminators are forbidden to use because although it swiftly kills rats, it also kills dogs and people.

The powdered poison that killed K-9 MAX, known as 1080, was placed in the store by Charles Whitsett, who used it in an illegal exterminating business he operated out of his house located at 10909 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Whitsett would dip slices of hot dog in the powder and scatter them across the floor. In August 1984, Circuit Court Judge Anthony J. Scotillo ordered Whitsett to stop operating King Exterminating and using the illegal poison. A few months later Whitsett was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $250 for using the poison. But soon after, Whitsett now operating under a new name, Empire Exterminating Service, continued leaving hot dog slices powdered with 10-80 also known as Sodium Flouroacetate. The poison claimed its first victim Police Canine Duke also hunting for a burglar in a grocery store. After K-9 MAX was killed and 1080 was found at other sites, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office brought criminal contempt charges against Whitsett for allegedly disobeying the court order.

Police Canine MAX II received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 2, 1981. He graduated from the Police Canine Training Academy on June 24, 1981. He earned 2 Honorable Mentions during his career. K-9 MAX also went through an additional six week training program and became a Narcotics Trained Dog. He worked extensively at O’Hare International Airport to sniff luggage and parcels for the DEA.

K-9 MAX II was survived by his handler, Patrolman Charles R. Nork.

Police Equine Mikey C.

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Bureau of Patrol - Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 - Mounted Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Equine Mikey C., aged 16 years, was an 8 year, 7 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol – Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 – Mounted Unit.

On August 29, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., Police Horse Mikey C. and his partner, Police Officer Paul Casasanto, were on patrol at North Avenue Beach. Suddenly and without warning Mikey C. became ill, reared and struggled. Officer Casasanto slid off Mikey C. and tried to calm him while people began to gather around. Officer Casasanto ordered them to “Stay back,” as Mikey C. continued to kick his hind legs. Mikey C., after several weakening attempts to stand, folded to the ground and rolled onto his side. When Police Horse Mikey C. laid his head on the pavement in defeat, Officer Casasanto placed one hand over his half-open eye as he took one last labored breath. Police Horse Mikey C., a chestnut thoroughbred, was an imposing 16.1 hands, or 65 inches from the shoulder. He was a retired racehorse, purchased by the city in January 2003. The diagnosis of his death was from a probable heart attack or aneurysm.

Police Horse Mikey C. was named in honor of Patrolman Michael Ceriale, who was killed in the line of duty while conducting undercover drug surveillance on August 21,1998. Mikey C. was one of 21 CPD horses named after fallen officers, a practice that began in 2001.

Police Equine Mikey C. received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in 2003.

Police Horse Mikey C. was survived by his handler, Police Officer Paul Casasanto.

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Police Canine Rex III

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Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 - Canine Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Canine REX III was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 – Canine Unit.

On February 13, 1979, K-9 REX and his handler, Patrolman Ronald Ganzer, conducted a search of a food store located at 315 East 47th Street. During the search K-9 REX ingested a meat patty which was laced with poison for rodents.

K-9 REX was survived by his handler, Patrolman Ronald Ganzer.

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Police Canine Sam I

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Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 - Canine Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Canine SAM was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services – Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 – Canine Unit.

On February 27, 1965, K-9 SAM and his partner, Patrolman Arthur Hajek, responded to a call of an open door at the Claude A. Reavis School, 834 East 50th Street. Upon arrival the two officers entered and began searching the building. During the search, K-9 SAM attacked Patrolman R. Pearson Jr. while he was also searching the building with his partner Patrolman Eugene Abington, both from the Hyde Park Station. Mistaking Officer Pearson for an offender K-9 SAM attempted to apprehend him and bit Officer Pearson. Officer Abington fired a shot into K-9 SAM in order to save the life of his partner. K-9 SAM later succumbed to his wound.

Commander Hartnett later ordered an investigation into the possibility that canine unit Sergeant Lawrence Swanigan might have been negligent in the action. Commander Hartnett said it seems the Sergeant Swanigan failed to clear the area of fellow police officers before unleashing K-9 SAM into the building to conduct the search.

K-9 SAM was survived by his handler, Patrolman Arthur Hajek.

Police Canine Sieger I

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Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 - Canine Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Canine SIEGER, aged 9.5 years, was a 7 year, 7 month, 28 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services – Patrol Division: Special Operations Group.

On May 14, 1979, at 2:30 a.m., K-9 SIEGER and his handler, Patrolman Ron Magro, responded to a call for a burglar alarm. They responded to Corner Liquor Store located at 45 East Garfield Boulevard. Upon arrival another Police Canine and his handler met them. They observed a side door to the tavern to be open. The owner of the tavern, whom lived above, came downstairs and opened the front door for the responding officers. The two dogs made their entry and began searching. During the search a trap door to the basement was discovered and K-9 SIEGER and his handler went downstairs to investigate. Once in the basement no one was found. It was at this time that K-9 SIEGER found some bread on a pan, which was laying on the floor. K-9 SIEGER began to eat the bread when his handler yelled for him to “Drop it.” However, it was to late for K-9 SIEGER, the bread was laced with poison, 10-80 also known as Sodium Flouroacetate, used to kill rodents. The poison is so toxic that it can kill humans if ingested. K-9 SIEGER and his handler left the scene. Hours later, K-9 SIEGER became listless. At 5:30 a.m. he began having convulsions. His handler rushed him to Hektoen Institute, a veterinary research unit at Cook County Hospital located at 627 South Wood Street. All efforts were made to save K-9 SIEGER; his heart stopped and was restarted. His kidneys also stopped functioning and were forced to function again. In the end though there was nothing that could be done for him and he passed away.

Police Canine SIEGER, born in 1969, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 16, 1971. He graduated from the Police Canine Training Academy on December 22, 1971. K-9 SIEGER was only six months away from retirement when he died.

K-9 SIEGER was survived by his handler, Patrolman Ron Magro.

Police Equine Speed

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Bureau of Patrol - Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 - Mounted Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Equine Speed, aged 13 years, was a 6 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol – Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 – Mounted Unit.

On June 6, 1997, Police Horse Speed and his partner were on duty at the South Shore Country Club located at 7059 South Shore Drive. While on the beach Speed stepped on a buried power line and was electrocuted by a short circuit in the power line. Speeds partner was able to dismount as speed collapsed and died within minutes of being shocked. Speed’s partner was also shocked; but he survived the incident with minor injury. The diagnosis of his death was electrocution.

Police Equine Speed received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 15, 1996.

Police Horse Speed was survived by his handler.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #B343766.

Police Equine Star

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Bureau of Patrol - Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 - Mounted Unit
Chicago Police Department
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Police Equine Star, aged 12 years, was a 1 year, 11 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol – Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 – Mounted Unit.

In May 1989, Police Horse Star and his partner were on duty in Jackson Park. Suddenly and without warning Speed collapsed. Speed was transported back to the police barn at the South Shore Country Club located at 7059 South Shore Drive. After two days under veterinary care, Star passed away. The diagnosis of his death was Azoturia, a condition of horses that causes stiffness and pain in the muscles of the hindquarters and back, and the production of dark-colored urine containing myoglobin.

Police Equine Star received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 16, 1987.

Police Horse Star was survived by his handler.

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Police Equine Teddy

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Mounted Police Division
Chicago Police Department
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Police Equine Teddy, was a 15 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Mounted Police Division.

On November 9, 1936, at 5:55 p.m., Police Horse Teddy and his partner, Patrolman Andrew Gregerson, were on patrol in the west loop. On Van Buren Street near Clark Street Officer Gregerson dismounted Teddy to inspect a car. The two officers were scheduled to assemble with other mounted patrol officers at Madison and Wells Streets at 6:10 p.m. for their return to the police stables located at 252 East Illinois Street. After Officer Gregerson dismounted Teddy, he suddenly ran west to Wells Street and then turned north. Pedestrians scrambled to move out of Teddy’s way as he ran by. In the commotion Teddy ran past the assembly point. At Randolph and Wells Streets, Teddy ran into a new car driven by John A. Sternberg and sustained severe injuries to himself. As a result of the injuries, Police Horse Teddy had to be put down. It was unknown as to why Teddy ran off.

Police Horse Teddy was survived by his handler, Patrolman Andrew Gregerson.