Police K-9 Odin dies, UWPD says
MADISON, Wis. — A first-responder motorcade drove University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department K-9 Odin from his home in McFarland to Middleton after he died Tuesday.
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Posted by WISC-TV / Channel 3000 on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
K-9 Odin, a German shepherd, was born in the Czech Republic in 2008, according to UWPD’s website. He joined the UWPD team in 2010 and is partnered with Lt. Brent Plisch.
Odin was trained in explosive detection and human tracking. Odin is one of a few dogs in the nation to have found a live explosive device on a deployment.
He worked with the U.S. Secret Service, the ATF, DEA, FBI, and countless local, county and state agencies. He has protected presidents, vice presidents, cabinet members, governors, first ladies, presidential candidates, heads of state, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and hundreds of thousands of spectators and athletes at sporting events, protests and other large social gathering, according to UWPD.
Over the last few weeks, Plisch noticed some unusual behavior with Odin; he was more tired, reluctant to eat and not acting like himself. The vet revealed that Odin had several masses on his spleen and liver, police said.
Odin was due to retire in January 2018.
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