ASU K-9 Disney retires after 8 years of licking crime

a dog licking a man on the face

K-9 officer Disney has helped Arizona State University's Police Department take a bite out of crime for the past eight years, and now it's time for her to hang up her collar. In an event fit for a dog, Disney was honored for her service as an explosives-detection canine at an official retirement ceremony Aug. 23. 

Members of the ASU and local community — many whose Disney's service has touched personally — came out to say farewell and thank the beloved dog who, as ASU Police Chief Michael Thompson said, was "an ambassador for police to the citzens that we serve."


Video by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

Disney helped pave the way for the ASU Police Department's current K-9 program, and throughout her career she was deployed more than 300 times for special events, public demonstrations and crime scenes. She will retire with her human partner, Officer Parker Dunwoody, and his family. 

"She's taken me on some good adventures," Dunwoody said during the ceremony. "She's the star; I just held the leash." 

Top photo: Disney gives her handler, Officer Parker Dunwoody, a kiss at her retirement ceremony in the ASU Police Department Building. Photo by Anya Magnuson/ASU Now

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