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FRIDAY, JANUARY 28- MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011 CAPE LIFE Cape Gazette Retired police dogs get much-needed attention Retired K-9 Officer Cezar re- cently got some much-deserved attention from Dr. Megan Bounds at the Savannah Animal Hospital in Lewes. Officer Cezar is a Hungarian shepherd born Sept. 9,1997. He served as a bomb and patrol dog for the Delaware State Police with his parmer Cpl. Mark Windsor for nine years be- fore retiring at the age of 12. Now, with the help of the National K-9 Working Dog Inc., he can relax and enjoy his retirement years knowing that he is no longer a fi- nancial burden to his family. "Cezar and I are very grateful that there is an organization that really cares about working K-9s and their well-being after serving the public for so many years. Cezar has been a loyal compan- ion both at work and home and is part of my family. I will do every- thing in my power to keep him comfortable with his hip arthritis during his retirement years, and appreciate working together with NK9WD [National K-9 Working Dog] to make that hap- pen," said Windsor. K-9 teams are vital to law en- forcement and proudly serve their communities. They put their lives on the line for the community. The officers share an amazing bond with their ca- nine partners - they are part of their family and daily lives. When a police K-9 is discharged from service, its financial re- sponsibility is also removed from the department. If the officer or handler elects to keep the canine as his person- al companion out of loyalty and love, he is then saddled with costly expenses for serious med- ical conditions that come from a lifetime of high activity in the name of public service, including chronic hip, bone and arthritis problems. It's unfortunate, but if the orig- inal handler can't keep the dog due to the financial burden placed on their family, many po- lice dogs are euthanised. "Work- EVA DUPONT PHOTO RETIRED 1(-9 OFFICER CEZAR gets a checkup Dec. 23, at Savannah Animal 'tospital in Lewes, courtesy of The National 1(-9 Working Dog Inc. He is being at- tended to by Dr. Megan Bounds, DVM and his owner, Cpl. Mark Windsor of the Delaware State Police. ! 5%off oheok! ing dogs deserve much more re- spect than what currently exists," says Jay Meranchik, resident of National K-9 Working Dog Inc. NKgWD is a nonprofit public charity formed to help prevent working dogs - specifically po- lice K-gs - from having to suffer discomfort or premature death because of lack of financial sup- port. With generous donations from the community, the NK9WD assists in paying for veterinary bills, medicine and in some instances, food. Thanks to Savannah Animal Hospital in Lewes for supporting the cause and becoming one of the organization's Delaware pre- ferred providers. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the NK9WD online at na- tionalk-9workingdog.org or mail to the National K-9 Working Dog Inc., P.O. Box 820, Seaford, DE 19973. Serving lunch Salurday & Sunday. Open Thursday - Sunday tar dinner from 5pro 20 Baltimore Avenue Rehobofh Beach DE 302 226,JAMM www.jambistro.com