PLYMOUTH — After a distinguished career, Plymouth’s K9 officer Rex will enter retirement.
Plymouth Police Chief Jim Cox made the announcement to the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety in their regular meeting. Cox gave the Board the bad news that health was the reason for Rex’s retirement stating that the K9 officer was having difficulty with his eyesight, rear legs and hips and possibly had cancer.
The department will seek a home for Rex unless it is determined that he has cancer.
Cox gave the board a brief rundown of Rex’s accomplishments in his years teamed with Plymouth Patrolman John Weir. The K9 officer was involved in around 11,000 traffic stops and found narcotics resulting in 443 arrests. Ten times he was involved in an arrest by either tracking down or chasing the suspect. Rex was involved in demonstrations around the city and assisted Plymouth School Corporation officials in periodic routine searches of lockers and cars.
Rex came to the city at a cost of $10,000 and to replace him the cost will be $15,000. Cox informed the Board that Weir had already gained enough financial support from several local private companies to enable the city to “hire” a replacement for Rex.