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Zira, New Canaan's Beloved K-9, to Retire For Health Reasons

Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said in a news release that Zira "has been an outstanding member of the New Canaan Police Department assisting in many incidents and arrests."

New Canaan's , Zira, who has over the past several years, is reportedly retiring due to health problems.

According to a news release from Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Police Department, the was recently diagnosed with degenerative spinal disease.

Sgt. Ogrinc said Zira "has been an outstanding member of the New Canaan Police Department and arrests" since she .

Zira recently underwent surgery to treat the condition at Cornell Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, N.Y., according to the release. Although she is expected to make a full recovery, Zira will no longer be able to serve as a police dog.

Zira will be placed in a pre-screened adopted home where she will spend her retirement years, according to the release.

In addition the company which trained and furnished Zira to the department will be sending a free replacement, as she was under warranty for four years.     

mary parker July 22, 2012 at 08:56 AM
OMG: Love the negative comments about Zira, who did what she was trained to do and was purchased by donations from the town citizens who supported the idea of having another K-9 in our town. Zira did her job. She cought a lot of people with drugs, unfortunately she never had the opertunety to attack bad guys because there wasn't any situation to allow her to do that. But if there was I am sure she would have chased them down. Unfortunately she now has a medical problem, not her fault and she will be replaced with another do for free. Would you negative people be satisfied that she attacked and bloodied someone? You should be happy that she got some loser drug smokers ect. busted.
Siwanoy July 22, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Mary, "loser drug smokers", are you insinuating that all pot smokers losers? I'm sure successful people like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and others fit into your "loser drug smokers" stereotype. Realistic, people understand the situations were put in, most tax payers probably just don't agree with the cost associated to purchase, train and maintain a K9 unit when its used sparingly and only to bust people for drugs... 1 of which is now results in a ticket in smaller amounts.
Glen K Dunbar July 22, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Well, Siwanoy. If Mary will not say it I WILL. YES> I will say pot smokers are ALL lossers and freaks of nature. It is discusting. I would rather spend my money on playing the horse than drugs ANYDAY. OR, spend my money on nice things for my 2 Dogs. as for Zira. He/She deserves to be hugged and commended and taken care of by a loving Family the Police pick out. If I was not so emotionally sick and someone would sponsor me I would for sure Love to adopt Him/Her. But, I know I am not capable of doing it. GLEN
Billy Gumdrop July 22, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Betting is an addiction. Stop making a fool out of yourself.
NewCanaanVoter July 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM
"unfortunately she never had the opertunety to attack bad guys because there wasn't any situation to allow her to do that." That's not true. There was an escaped patient from silver hill hospital who zira had the opportunity to track down, but failed.

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