PUEBLO COUNTY – The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of K9 Officer “PC,” who died Dec. 27th after a brief battle with cancer.
PC was an 11-year-old Dutch Shepherd. The Sheriff’s Office said he worked with his handler, Master Deputy Brandon Talton for many years.
“We are saddened by the loss of PC, who was a great asset to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a decade,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said. “During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, PC assisted in locating numerous suspects and lost individuals and uncovered more than a hundred pounds of illegal drugs. He will be terribly missed by his handler, Deputy Talton, and all of us at the Sheriff’s Office.”
A public Memorial Service to honor PC and his duty to law enforcement is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18th at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Center.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, PC was donated in 2009 by retired Sgt. Vic Boley. He was trained to protect deputies, search building for suspects, track suspects and lost individuals, and search out drugs and evidence.
In his nearly nine and a half years with Sheriff’s Office, PC was involved in 345 deployments, the majority of hwich were vehicle or building narcotic searches. During his service, he was also involved in the seizure of 101 pounds of illegal drugs, seven vehicles, and 12 guns.
The Sheriff’s Office said PC was also a full-time SWAT dog and placed in several United States Police Canine Association Trials.
“PC was not only my friend and partner but he had made an impact on so many other lives. PC made so many friends in the community through public demonstrations and the media,” said Deputy Talton. “K9 PC will be greatly missed by my family, my blue family and most of all by me. It was such an honor to be K9 PC’s handler and best friend.”