Monday, September 7, 2009

Final farewell to Zeus

The New Paltz Police Department has posted a slideshow of the memorial of Zeus, the New Paltz police dog who died as a result of injuries suffered in a two-car accident July 31 between two New Paltz police patrol cars — one operated by Police Officer Joseph Judge and the other operated by Police Officer Robert Knoth, who was Zeus’ handler.

Zeus, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinwa shepherd from the Czech Republican, was donated to the force in 2003. He was trained as a patrol and narcotics dog and had been involved in several notable cases, most recently a case earlier this year involving the seizure of drugs, $50,000 in cash and an automobile. In 2007, Zeus helped track a suspect in the rape of an elderly woman, and in 2006 was instrumental in the seizure of 150 pounds of marijuana in a drug investigation.