K9 "Gjeena" passed away on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 at the age of 13. She came from K9 Working Dogs International and served the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office for 5 years. Gjeena spent a joyful 8 more years of retirement with K9 handler Russ Thornton.

K9 "Thor" of the Andover Police Department, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 after 8 years of service.

The Andover Police Department is very sad to report that on Saturday (08/17/2019), following a brief illness, our oldest and finest K-9 “Thor” passed away. “Thor” would have been 10-years old in September, and was scheduled to retire in just a few weeks.

K9 "Cozmo" was put down on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  Cozmo had been retired for approximately one month and quickly developed advanced Ataxia.  Cozmo's handler was Neal Hontz.

K9 "Daisy," with the El Dorado Correctional Facility, passed away on the 12th of November.  Daisy was born June 7th, 2004 and served as a detection canine for the facility.

K9 "Daisy"

"Drake" passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2013.  "Drake" served in the Kansas Department of Corrections, El Droado Correctional Facility.  "Drake" was currently assigned to handler Leonard Maddox, and in the past he was assigned to Dan Powell.

K9 "Alle" passed away at 0700 hours on Friday, November 29, 2013.  While on duty she had stroke like signs and went down.  She was taken to the vet, but was unable to be revived.  "Alle" was born April 7, 2005 in Germany and came to Stevens County and was paired with handler Chris Beltz on September 20th, 2008.

"Donna"March 14, 2013: Retired K9 Deputy, "Donna," passed away on March 14, 2013.  "Donna" came to work at the Barton County Sheriff’s Office in September 2002, and worked under K9 handlers David Paden and Michael Scothorn.  "Donna" was a hard worker and loved to work in the field.  She retired in June 2010 and lived with Detective Sgt. David Paden and his family.  RIP "Donna," you will be dearly missed.

April 14, 2011: "Dago" passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011. "Dago" spent more than 10 years with the Kansas Department of Corrections, Hutchinson Correctional Facility. "Dago" was born in July of 1998 and was handled by Darrin Pickering from 2000 to 2002. Dago was handled by Tom Canfield 2003 through 2010. "Dago" will be missed throughout the State of Kansas.

February 10, 2011: "Basco" passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2011. "Basco" spent more than 8 years with the Augusta Department of Public Safety as the agencies first dual purpose K9. "Basco" was between 11 and 12 years old and apparently died of natural causes. His handler, Sgt. Chad McCluskey, was with "Basco."

February 11, 2009: "Benno" passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2009. "Benno" spent the couple of years with Jess Quidachay, of the Kansas Department of Corrections. "Benno" was originally trained and assigned to KPDA Trainer Rick Elliott and after Rick's passing, "Benno" retired with Quidachay. He served a number of years with the Kansas Department of Corrections before his retirement. "Benno" apparenty had kidney failure, which ultimately lead to his death.


May 4, 2007: "Flicak" passed away on Wednesday, January, 30, 2008. "Flicka" spent the last five months with handler Allen Kinsley, of the Linn County Sheriff's Office. "Flicka" served with the Linn County Sheriff's Office since 2004. "Flicka" apparenty succombed to complications from emergency surgery which she had on January 4th.


May 4, 2007: "Falco" passed away on Friday, May 4, 2007 in the presence of his handler, Greg Turney. "Falco" spent 7 years on the street with Greg Turney of the Leawood, Kansas Police Department. "Falco" was brought into the K-9 Unit in December 1999 and was partnered with Officer Turney. He performed 50 public demonstrations, made 465 narcotic searches, 89 tracks, 27 building searches, located 16 felony suspects, and located more than 100 pounds of hidden narcotics in two separates searches alone.


December 28, 2006: "Isaac" passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at the age of 10. "Isaac" spent 6 years on the street with Sgt. Daimon Cundiff of the Andover Kansas Police Department.


July 26, 2006: "Duco" passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at the age of 10. "Duco" was 10 years old and spent his working career at the El Dorado Correctional Facilty. Duco was initally trained by Dan Powell and was assigned with Chuck Morris as his latest partner.


June 12, 2006: "Tailey" passed away on Monday, June 12, 2006 at the age of 7. "Tailey" spent 4 years on the streets with the Hill City Police Department, the Reno County Sheriff's Office, and most recently with Handler Dustin Cooke of the South Hutchinson Police Department.


June 1, 2006: "Rosie" passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at the age of 10. "Rosie" spent 6 years on the street with Sgt. Chad McCluskey of the Augusta Kansas Department of Safety. "Rosie" developed cancer of the liver that was not treatable.


It is with great sadness and deep sympathy that the Kansas Police Dog Association announces the death of Master Trainer Rick Elliott. Rick has been part of the backbone of the Kansas Police Dog Association since the inception and he was a great friend, trainer and judge. Rick passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at his home in Hutchinson, Kansas.

November 11, 2005: "Kikkert" passed away on Friday, November 11, 2005 at the age of 14. "Kikkert" spent 9 years on the street with Officer Todd Bledsoe of the Leavenworth Kansas Police Department. "Kikkert" had developed arthritis and was discovered to have a tumor on his spleen that was very aggressive in growth. It was causing internal bleeding and a low red blood cell count. He really slowed down in the last three weeks, but had the job in him up to the last moment.


November 29, 2004: "Kyra" a black Belgian Malinois who was assigned to handler Tom Canfield, of the Hutchinson Correctionaln Facility, passed on November 9, 2004. Kyra had some tumors removed a few days prior and another quickly developed while at a training seminar in Lawrence, Kansas. Kyra was transported back to Hutchinson where she was taken to a veteranarian. A few weeks later, "Kyra" passed.


August 27, 2004: "Shotgun," a Belgian Malinois, passed away of an apparent heart attack. "Shotgun" had been with handler Chris Jones and the City of Beloit and was trained in narcotics detection, tracking / trailing, and patrol work.


August 21, 2004: "Ranger," a Black Lab, passed away after being sick for several weeks. The vets were unable to determine what was wrong with him. "Ranger" had been with handler Keith Coleman and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and was trained in narcotics detection.


August 2004: "Fanta," a German Shepherd who was assigned to handler Mike Smith, of the Barton County Sheriff's Office passed away in August of 2004.


March 10, 2004: "Herta," a female Belgian Malinois, passed away in March of 2004 after suffering from health problems. "Herta" worked with Lt. Rich Unrein, of the Barton County Sheriff's Department.


August 2003: "Duke," a male Belgian Malinois, was put down after his fight with age and arthritis. He served with SSgt. Dan Powell at the El Dorado Correctional Facility and was trained in narcotics detection, tracking/trailing, and patrol work.


July 28, 2002: "Kilo," a six year old Belgian Malinois, was put to sleep after suffering from severe heat stroke. "Kilo" had been with handler Jim White and the Derby Police Department since 1997. "Kilo" was trained in narcotics detection, tracking / trailing, and patrol work.