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It’s been a dog’s age: MCSO deputy to take ownership of retiring K9

Vasku sits with Deputy Trevor Clancy, who was awarded ownership of the canine thanks to a unanimous vote by the Marciopa County Board of Supervisors. (Photo courtesy MCSO)

PHOENIX — A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office K9 is retiring after serving for seven years.

The man in charge of the dog for the last four years will now get to keep the dog as his own, thanks to a unanimous vote by the Maricopa Board of Supervisors.

Vasku is a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois leaving the force due to his age.

Vasku training with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. (Photo courtesy MCSO)

Vasku training with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. (Photo courtesy MCSO)

He is a dual purpose patrol/apprehension and narcotics detection canine who had completed over 2,000 hours of training. He helped seize hundreds of thousands of dollars of drugs off the street, according to the MCSO.

“He’s going to enjoy that retirement of lying on the couch,” said Deputy Trevor Clancy, who now owns Vasku. “Now we have to teach him to stay out of the garbage can and not chew on kids’ toys.”

Transfer of ownership of Vasku required an unanimous vote by the Board.

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