Longtime Maple Grove Police Dog to Retire
A longtime Maple Grove police dog is retiring this summer.
Calo, a Belgian Shepherd that helped to restart the department’s K9 unit, will retire in on June 5.
For the 20 years prior to 2018, the Maple Grove Police Department did not have a K9 unit.
However, in 2018, the department acquired Calo. He joined the department after a 12-week training course with the St. Paul Police Department.
Once retired, Calo will live with his handler, Maple Grove Police Sgt. Keith Stuart.
“Due to the unique relationship between Sgt. Stuart and Calo and that Calo is unsuitable as a pet for any owner except his handler, the city agrees to transfer ownership, responsibility and liability to Sgt. Stuart at no cost to the city,” wrote Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner in the May 1 Maple Grove City Council agenda.
Calo will be succeeded by a dog named Judd, who is scheduled to finished training in May.
A dog named Rudi has been serving the community with his handler Police Officer Dave Goggins since 2019.