A stray that nobody wanted, plucked from death row at the 11th hour, is retiring this month after a long and illustrious career as a RCMP service dog.
Luke, a Lab cross, was saved by RCMP Sergeant Don Bill from Humane Services in St. John’s back in 2009. His time at the shelter was growing short after being picked up wandering the streets of St. John’s, and Humane Services gave Sgt. Bill a call to see if Luke held any potential because he wasn’t seen as a prime candidate for adoption.
Luke entered the Innisfail, Alberta Narcotic Detection Dog training course in March of 2009 and his instincts were so good, he completed the 11 week course in just three weeks.
He’s since taken millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs off the streets.
The RCMP is holding a retirement party for Luke, who is estimated to be 11 years old after 9 years of service. The celebration is taking place at RCMP Headquarters in the White Hills tomorrow at 1:00 p.m..