Little Rock, Arkansas -
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) is mourning the loss of a member of its family.
On Sunday, March 16, K-9 Officer "Chewy," a 6-year veteran of the department, passed away unexpectedly.
His handler, Officer Annette Harrington, was at his side.
Chewy, a German Shepherd, was 8 years old and had lived to serve the LRPD and the City of Little Rock.
Chewy joined the K-9 Squad as “Ascar” but his name was changed after the other handlers with the squad noted that he looked like Chewbacca (from the Star Wars movies).
In the summer of 2008, K-9 Chewy alerted on a vehicle where over $100,000 in cash was located. K-9 Chewy continued to do a great job locating numerous felons and also excelled in locating narcotics and had found over 250 pounds of marijuana during one of his early years of service.
Chewy is the second K-9 partner for Officer Harrington in her 12 years with the squad.
When not working, "Chewy" was always honing his retrieval skills. Officer Harrington says he loved to play fetch "with anything that wasn't nailed down." That included everything from tennis balls, rocks and sticks to his handler's other dog's toys.
The City of Little Rock thanks K-9 Officer Chewy for his service and asks that you keep Officer Harrington, her family and the K-9 Squad in your thoughts and prayers.