Tribute for Scout

Tribute for Scout

t’s with deep regret that we announce the passing of Police Service Dog Scout from the Hamilton Police Service on February 23 rd , 2024. Scout was 12 years of age. Scout was born in Hungary on August 11 th , 2011 and immigrated to Belgium before immigrating yet again to Canada and the City of Hamilton. Scout was trained by the Waterloo Regional
Police canine unit prior to spending his 7-year career working the streets of Hamilton as a general duty police dog.

While Scout was good at whatever task he was asked to do, his specialty was tracking. He had a knack for finding lost souls in potentially life-ending situations. That included Scout finding a missing 93-year-old man in March 2018 who had been missing overnight. Scout found the elderly gentleman suffering from hypothermia and hidden in some bushes next to a set of railway tracks. Scout also found a suicidal woman deep in a patch of woods following an unsuccessful overnight search. The woman had overdosed and was near death, but Scout found her the next morning and his nose undoubtedly saved her life.

Scout also caught his share of bad guys. It didn’t matter where they hid, Scout found them. That included a suspected impaired driver who led police on a lengthy high-speed chase before crashing and bailing out of his vehicle. The suspect ran off into the timber, peeling off his clothes as he ran. Scout and his handler got to tracking, following the suspect’s scent trail for the better part of an hour. At one point Scout lost the track and the handler took the dog off his tracking leash. Scout circled through the trees, air-scented the suspect and lined out once again. Scout and his handler eventually caught the suspect hiding in a dense bush. Scout enjoyed four good years of retirement prior to his passing. Thank-you Scout for everything you did to keep the citizens of Hamilton safe over the course of your impressive career. Rest in Peace Big Dog.

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