Lake Station award winning K-9 retires reluctantly

2013-05-08T00:00:00Z Lake Station award winning K-9 retires reluctantlyDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

LAKE STATION | Mox, an 8-year-old K-9 officer, isn't pleased about his May 1 retirement, Detective Mike Smith said.

Smith, who has owned the German Shepherd since he was a pup, said Mox tries valiantly each morning to go out the door with his former handler.

"He's having a hard time. It's tough for him because he wants to go with me to work. He even sticks his head in the doorway as I'm leaving the house," Smith said.

The four years of service Mox gave the city of Lake Station didn't go unnoticed by city officials.

Mox was honored at the Lake Station City Council meeting on Thursday and was feted at a pizza party at City Hall attended by city officials on Friday.

"He's a great dog," Smith said.

Mox, who also worked for close to four years with Smith when he was a police officer in Gary, has experienced some severe hip problems.

"He wants to go back to work but he can't," Smith said.

Mox was trained as a certified dual purpose narcotics canine, which means he could track down both narcotics and criminals, Smith said.

In Lake Station, Mox was responsible for tracking down drug money and drugs valued at more than $300,000.

While Smith was at the Gary Police Department, Mox uncovered 52 bags of cocaine under a door panel.

Mox also was called in with his handler on cases involving other departments including both the Portage and Indiana State police departments.

The city of Lake Station honored Mox a couple of years ago when the dog helped locate a man who had stabbed another man in Valparaiso then fled to Portage.

The suspect was found by Mox hiding under a truck, Smith said.

Mox also won numerous awards in the Canine Olympics and was named top narcotics dog of 2008.

Lake Station is in the process of purchasing two new K-9 dogs, Smith said.

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