Two members of the Murrieta Police force who helped keep the city safe from crime have retired.
On January 20, Murrieta's City Council presented to K9 Maddy and his handler, Officer T. Shows and K9 Blitz with handler, Officer S. Waterman a Proclamation of Recognition for their many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Murrieta.
In March, 2014 Maddy, a bloodhound tracked down an elderly woman with Alzheimer's who wandered away from her husband while in Wal-Mart off Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. Maddy helped her handler locate the woman lost in a ravine off Madison Avenue and Golden Gate Circle, Driscoll said. She was well over a mile away from the store.
Blitz helped Murrieta Police in a routine traffic stop that turned into a foot chase in Sept. 2014. Blitz helped catch a man on probation who was carrying ammunition. The man caught was charged with a felony and a DUI causing injury.
Maddy and Blitz worked on many cases in the fight against crime. They now move on to living a simple dog's life of chewing bones and playing catch.
Maddy and Blitz have earned their retirement according to the Paws4Law organization.
Paws4Law looks forward to being a part of the K9's retirement years.
Founded in 2012 by a group of local residents and business owners, Paws 4 Law is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting the City of Murrieta Police Department K9 Unit.
Paws 4 Law is completely independent of the Murrieta Police Department and the City of Murrieta. All monies raised by its members stay within the organization and are used solely to improve the performance of the K9 Unit and to maintain a high quality of life for the active and retired police dogs that serve our community.
With the hard work of this organization and support from our community, Paws 4 Law will help to raise the much needed funds for items such as:
1.) Training equipment for the Police Service Dogs
2.) Additional equipment for the handlers that the department is unable to provide
3.) Safety equipment for the Police Service Dogs
4.) Training, seminars and competitions for the K9s and their handlers
5.) Funeral and burial costs for both active and retired Police Service Dogs
6.) Purchasing and maintaining agility equipment for K9 training
7.) Acquiring additional Police Service Dogs for the K9 Unit
8.) Administrative costs for running this organization