K-9 retires in W.Va.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jerro the German shepherd's 4 1/2-year career of tracking criminals, sniffing for illegal drugs and protecting police officers ended Sunday.
West Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper J.A. Laing had noticed that Jerro, his K-9 partner, was losing stamina, so he forced him to retire.
Laing said that Jerro, who is almost eight years old, is still one of the state police's top dogs. For Jerro to stop working now is similar to a star athlete's decision to stop playing before his or her skills erode, Laing said.
Laing soon will have a new K-9 partner: Rocky, a Belgian Malinois, which is a sheepherding dog with a short coat. While Jerro is about 75 pounds, Rocky is about two-thirds as heavy.