PSD Conan, a 10-year-old black shepherd died Wednesday. Conan served VicPD with partner Const. Andre Almeida for six years. (Photo Courtesy of VicPD)

VicPD mourns loss of retired police dog, Conan

Conan and human partner helped find missing children, fugitives and more

VicPD is mourning the loss of a retired member of its K9 unit.

Retired Police Service Dog (PSD) Conan died Wednesday at 10 years old. Born August 2009, the black shepherd was raised by a VicPD member and paired with Const. Andre Almeida. The pair had a successful six-year partnership, tracking down suspects and evidence and completing more than 120 successful apprehensions.

READ ALSO: K9 Unit the best job in the world: VicPD handler

The human-dog duo went above and beyond, tracking down a man wanted for murder, finding a suspect responsible for 60 break and enters across the Capital Regional District and locating two missing children – a three-year-old on the West Shore and a missing autistic child in Saanich.

Due to medial issues – both of his knees were injured from years in the service – Conan retired early from the police force in 2016 but he continued to live with Almeida and his family until his death this week.

READ ALSO: Victoria police dog heads into early retirement

In a statement VicPD says, “PSD Conan will be missed by everybody who has worked with him, especially Constable Almeida and his family.”

PSD Conan’s name will be added to the VicPD Hall of Honour.

PSD Conan lived with his handler Const. Andre Almeida after he went into early retirement from the Victoria Police Department in 2016. The police pup passed away Wednesday at 10 years old. (Photo Courtesy of VicPD)



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

UPDATED: Man dies from injuries at Custom House construction site in Victoria

Government Street remains closed as investigation continues

VIJHL season could start Oct. 1, says league president

League awaiting final approval from local health authorities and viaSport

Netflix, Warner Bros filming 10-part series in Colwood

Filming takes place now until March 2021

Saanich explores options for adding shelters to parks

Covered areas would encourage safe outdoor socializing during rainy season

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Majority needed to pass COVID-19 budget, B.C. premier says

John Horgan pushes urgent care centres in first campaign stop

Most Read