The Kawartha Lakes Police Service has suspended its K9 program after a dog handler stepped down due to unexpected health concerns.
Chief Mark Mitchell announced the move at the police services board meeting on Monday (July 15).
A press release issued Wednesday (July 17) noted that “a number of other factors were also considered by the police service in making this difficult decision.”
“Residents can continue to feel safe and secure in their homes, schools and place of work, despite this difficult decision to suspend our K9 program,” reads a statement from Chief Mitchell.
“The K9 program will be re-evaluated in the future to determine the feasibility of returning it to active service.”
The Kawartha Lakes Police will continue to be supported when the need for K9 services arise, through existing partnerships in place with the Peterborough Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police, the press release notes.