The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department recently put down two of their K-9s: PApa Bear and Delta.
“Delta and PApa Bear did an outstanding job for the citizens of Gloucester County throughout their careers and their good work will not soon be forgotten,” said freeholder and liaison to the Sheriff’s Department Dan Christy.
Delta was a red bloodhound and a member of the Sheriff’s department since 2013. She was able to track a person’s scent, and, because of her skill, she was an aide in the Sheriff Department’s Lifesaver program. In 2014, Delta tracked and found a three-year-old who had wandered off in Glassboro, New Jersey.
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PApa Bear, a Labrador retriever, was a part of the force for two years. PApa’s main job was to detect narcotics in Gloucester and Salem Counties. According to Sheriff Carmel Mornia, PApa was 96.55% reliable and consistent when detecting narcotic odors.
Delta passed away in June due to kidney failure and PApa Bear passed due to terminal cancer in his kidney, pancreas and chest.
“Delta was a great asset to our K-9 Unit and provided a valuable service to the residents of Gloucester County,” Sheriff Mornia said. "Making the decision to put PApa Bear down was a difficult but necessary one due to the pain and discomfort he was experiencing and the reduction of his quality of life.”