Bangor police dog dies

Posted Feb. 07, 2013, at 12:38 p.m.
Bangor Police officer Rob Angelo and his K-9, Karan, search for clues near 67 First street during a stabbing investigation in May 2012.
Bangor Police officer Rob Angelo and his K-9, Karan, search for clues near 67 First street during a stabbing investigation in May 2012.

BANGOR, Maine — The German shepherd named Karan who wore a Bangor Police Department badge on his collar and spent years searching for lost children, digging up evidence in homicides and other crimes and sniffing out drugs has died.

“Rest In Peace Partner. I will miss you,” Bangor police Sgt. Rob Angelo posted on his Facebook page on Feb. 1.

The police department posted a Facebook message Monday expressing its gratitude for the dog’s years on the job. He was 12 when he died and is described in the post as Angelo’s “faithful partner, friend, and family member.”

Angelo could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

“Karan worked tirelessly as a member of the Bangor Police Department with his nose always to the ground and was involved in countless arrests and successful searches,” Sgt. Paul Edwards posted on the department’s Facebook page. “From all of us at the Bangor Police Department, rest in peace, Karan and thanks for all you did for the the citizens of this community!”

Angelo had been working with Karan for two years when the partnership was featured in a Bangor Daily News article that ran in September 2005.

Angelo was working with the department ’s newest police dog, a 3-year-old German shepherd named Lex, when he was featured in a story about searching schools for drugs and getting the dog’s police certification.

Angelo was promoted to sergeant in late May 2012, and with the promotion his K-9 duties were relinquished. Officer Jason Linkletter and Kim Donnell are now the designated K-9 officers, Edwards said.

The department’s Facebook post about Karan had 449 “likes” on Thursday morning and 86 comments that featured mostly condolences.

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