APD K-9 Dagger calls it a career
by Neil McGahee
Apr 11, 2014 | 838 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Flanked on both sides by saluting fellow police officers, Adairsville K-9 Officer Dagger strode on four legs and a bum hip into retirement.

“K-9 Dagger has been with us for three years,” APD chief Robert Jones told the Adairsville City Council. “He has been responsible for quite a bit of crime fighting, including capturing several wanted felons and seizing thousands upon thousands of illegal drugs. He deserves all the honors that any law enforcement officer receives upon his retirement. It seems like he has been with us such a short amount of time, but Dagger’s hip deteriorated sooner than we expected. He will spend his well-deserved retirement with his handler, Officer Tim Minter.”

Dagger, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, joined the Adairsville Police Department in 2012. Later, he began experiencing hip problems, which rendered him unable to effectively continue police work. At Thursday’s city council meeting, ownership was conveyed by the council to Minter, with whom he will spend the remainder of his life.

In other business, council:

• authorized $18,277 for the purchase of pipe from the M.T. Deason Co. to replace inventory at the gas utility.

• approved a resolution to appoint City Manager Pam Madison to serve as the city’s voting delegate and Mayor pro-tem Buddy Bagley to serve as the voting alternate on the Municipal Gas Association of Georgia’s election committee.

• approved the purchase of 15 Tasers for the police department.

• approved a motion to file the oath of office of Municipal Court Judge Christian Coomer as part of the city’s official record.

• approved a malt beverage and wine retail license application for Z1 Gas & C Store, 102 Princeton Blvd., owner Samuel Z. Melaku.

The Adairsville City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the Adairsville Railroad Depot.