K-9 Drake, a retired K-9 Trooper from Florida was living as a pet with his handler Trooper Boody, who adopted him.  On November 19, 2012, a burglar tried to rob his home, K-9 Drake did as he was trained and protected his home.

With no bullet-proof vest, he charged the crook who shot this loyal K-9 five times.  The burglar left the scene. When Trooper Boody returned home he found his loyal partner bleeding to death but still alive.

Drake was taken to Simmons Veterinary Hospital and given an immediate blood transfusion.  His injuries were severe.  Dr. Simmons flew Drake to Gainesville Florida to Gainesville Veterinary Collage for advanced treatment.

Staff at GVC tried desperately to save Drake’s life, but his wounds were too grave.  Drake was let go to rest in peace.  Drake’s death will not be in vain.  This loyal K-9 Drake helped to start the movement in Florida to change the way K-9 officers are treated

The Florida Police K-9 Bill of Rights will provide police dogs with veterinary benefits in their retirement and maintain their states as law enforcement dogs while in retirement.

A memorial will be dedicated for beloved K-9 Drake on June 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. at:

Simmons Veterinary Hospital

4975 Lake Worth Road

Lake Worth Florida

For further info call 561 439 3220

Drake’s life will be celebrated with a full honor guard.   I hope to see you there to remember this loyal, brave, K-9 Drake.  May he rest in peace.

Learn more here:

Link to full story with pictures and vets that helped to try and save Drake http://digital.turn-page.com/i/135246

Jay Meranchik has been a animal handler and trainer for almost 50 years, A pioneer in field of pet assisted therapy, seeing the many things dogs can do to help us in our lives. Now it is time for us to help them to be reclassified from equipment to a living officer with medical benefits in retirement. How can we judge our humanity, if we as a nation consider police K-9s equipment.