Dothan Police K-9 dog, Alex, sadly passed away last night from a short lived battle with cancer, but, the Dothan Police K-9 unit are still hard at work, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dothan K-9 unit officers didn’t let a pandemic stop them from continuing their training and work with their canine counterparts. Handlers from different counties are still coming to Dothan to learn from Lieutenant W.E. Wozniak.
“COVID hasn’t affected us one bit as far as the k-9 training side of it,” Lieutenant Wozniak said. “I mean, of course, we’re still trying to be as careful as we can, you know, human to human. As far as the dogs, we haven’t seen an issue and haven’t had an issue with COVID.”
Dothan K-9 are trained to find explosives, track missing persons, and run down suspects. Bella is a detection dog for illegal substances and potential explosives in luggage, cars, and other areas. Alex was part of the special response team for the Dothan unit.
“It was our decision not to bring that dog back, and Alex was our number two, and you know, we brought Alex back.” Wozniak said. “It was probably one of the best decisions we’ve ever made because, like I said, he worked from 2012 to July 7, 2020. He was on duty when the illness really took affect.”
Although the unit must move forward, the team will never forget the work Alex did for the community.