TPSO K9 retires due after Lumbosacral Disease diagnosis

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Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office

HAMMOND, La. (BRProud) – A Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K9 is retiring because of unfortunate circumstances.

Delilah served with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for three years but a recent diagnosis has ended her time with department.

The recent diagnosis was Lumbosacral Disease and Delilah finished serving the community at the end of April.

The disease limits Delilah from being able to use her hind limbs.

TPSO says, “Delilah, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, born in Amsterdam, was purchased in June of 2017, to replace the legendary TPSO K9 “Mako.”

Two veterinary offices tried to find a way to keep Delilah working with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“After 2 months of rest, medicines, steroids, and procedures, it was determined Delilah’s career as a TPSO K9 Deputy must be cut short, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Delilah had a successful career with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office including these accomplishments:

  • Locating a total of three (3) plus pounds of methamphetamine
  • 30 plus pounds of Marijuana, numerous cocaine and heroin busts
  • Deliliah is also responsible for criminally apprehending 23 suspects by presence alone
  • Assisted in seizing approximately $15,000 in U.S. currency

Lieutenant Thomas Ferrand is Delilah’s handler and had this to say about her work companion:

“She has one of the best narcotics detecting noses around,” says Ferrand. “She did her job effortlessly.”

Now that Delilah is retired, the former TPSO K9 is going to spend time at her family’s home.

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