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California K-9 Separated from Handler Suffering Anxiety

July 02, 2018  | 

San Francisco Police Officer Val Kirwan and his K-9 partner of two years retired together on Friday. Baro was supposed to accompany Kirwan home.

Instead, Baro is in a cage—suffering separation anxiety—and Kirwan is trying to cut through the red tape that is preventing him from being together with his partner, according to KGO-TV.

“He’s been part of my life 24/7. I go to work with him every day. When we’re not at work he’s around the house. Wherever I go he's with me,” Kirwan said.

Kirwan said that the paperwork to retire together was filled out weeks ago and verbal approval had been given.

Now, Kirwan worries the two will never see each other again.

The department has so far declined comment.

Comments (4)

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Debbie B @ 7/2/2018 2:00 PM

Really...come on. In this day and time when there is so much going on with the officer have the one partner who makes his life easier and clearly vice versa. Shame on you SFPD.

Retired NY Boss @ 7/2/2018 8:05 PM

When one of my K-9 Officer's retired, their partner retired with them. Even had a couple where the K-9s were only a couple of years old.

All K9s @ 7/2/2018 8:36 PM

Are you kidding me? Unreal! What are they thinking of? I fly to Iraq and Afghanistan to bring back retiring K9s to their original handler. I know the bond they have. My brother used to be with San Francisco P.D. and things would have been different if he was still there.

kevcopaz @ 7/3/2018 7:32 AM

Just give him the K9! This is yet another example of the silliness and ineptness of the SFPD. City is run by idiots who are more concerned about getting their faces on TV over national (non related to their job) politics then running the city, cleaning up the city, backing the employees of the city and yes just doing the right thing with simple decisions like this. Some idiot dropped the ball, fix it you morons!.

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