Log Out | Member Center

81°F

86°/65°

Retired Wichita police dog dies; another one joins the force

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 5:57 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 6 p.m.

Retired Wichita police dog Ruckus was put down this week after a large lesion on his lungs and fusions on his spine were discovered, department officials said.

Ruckus served with Officer Daniel Gumm for three and a half years at Wichita Police Department’s Patrol West.

“Most of the Belgian Malinois dogs are really high-energy dogs,” Gumm said. “He was really mellow and laid back. He always knew what was going on.”

Ruckus was a narcotics K-9 and trained in handler protection. His main duties included sniffing vehicles, houses and mail. Gumm said there was one instance where a suspect looked like he was starting to run and just the sight of Ruckus caused the man to lie on the ground and be apprehended.

“He had a great nose for narcotics, very dependable,” Gumm said. “They were all dependable, but I’m partial to him because he was mine. Some of them can be hard-headed, but he wasn’t ever really that way.”

Ruckus retired 10 weeks before his death. Gumm said the K-9 program is switching to patrol dogs, which would include apprehending and tracking. After Ruckus retired, Gumm received a new dog named Rooster.

“It’s different going from a dog that’s almost 7 years old and knows the game and knows what’s going on to one that’s about 14 weeks old and still a pup,” Gumm said. “He’s got a lot of energy.”

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Wichita Eagle welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views. Please see our commenting policy for more information.

Have a news tip? You can send it to wenews@wichitaeagle.com.

Search for a job

in

Top jobs