Galloway Police K-9 Chase dies at 11

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Galloway Police K-9 Chase dies at 11 Galloway Police K-9 Chase dies at 11

GALLOWAY – The last surviving police dog from the township’s reinstatement of its K-9 Corps in 2005 died Friday, Jan. 24.

Recently retired, Chase  the longtime partner of Ptl. Hiram Melendez  had a distinguished career.

Chase began his career in 2005 along with K-9 Sabre when the K-9 Unit was reintroduced to the Galloway Township Police Department.

Chase partnered with Melendez for nine years before retiring on Dec. 31, 2013.

He had a decorated career as he located several missing people and assisted in many arrests

Police said Chase also excelled as a narcotics detection dog and was responsible for the seizure of large quantities of drugs and currency. 

Chase has also received awards from the United States Police Canine Association for his performance in Police Dog 1 Trials. 

Melendez maintained ownership of Chase after his retirement.

Chase was 11 years old.

K-9 Sabre, the other dog purchased by the department in 2005, died in 2011.

Melendez was scheduled to begin 16 weeks of training with his new partner, Chico, this month.

Galloway now has four police K-9s.

The unit is funded through donations and money seized during arrests the canines participate in.


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