Wako officially retires from police department

The Comanche Police Department held a retirement party for K-9 officer Wako at City Hall, Monday evening.

The Belgian Malinois dog hung up his collar earlier this summer after he was diagnosed with canine lupus. According to the website dogtime.com, canine lupus is a disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s own cells and tissue.

While his diagnosis is not fatal, it meant he was losing his effectiveness.

“It’s been a big loss not having him around,” said Bill Straily, Comanche police chief. “He found a lot of narcotics in the city.”

Wako worked for the department from 2016 to 2019. He is believed to be between six to nine years old and was closing in on retirement even before the lupus diagnosis. He is now permanently living out his retirement years with the family of former police officer Brad Jenkins, who was his partner on the force.



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