The first-ever victim assistance dog, Hawk, retires
June 29, 2021 – The first-ever victim assistance dog in Calgary — and in Canada — Hawk, hung up his collar to start a new life of retirement. A ceremony was held at the Calgary Police Service headquarters to honour his eight-year career, which began in 2013 after he was raised and trained by the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS), in Burnaby, B.C.
Hawk was also an integral part of the Calgary police family.
“He supported victims as they told their story to the media at police headquarters, supported many of our youth programs, and even attended difficult debriefings with our own members after traumatic events,” read the release.
Hawk was the first victim support dog in Canada to be legally recognized, setting a precedent for courtrooms across the country.
The Calgary Humane Society also presented the pooch with a medal.
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Photos credit: Calgary Police