Buckeye police dog, partner call it a career after eight years

Jul 6, 2017, 9:29 AM | Updated: 11:45 am

Cido and his partner, officer David Smith, retired Wednesday after eight years at the Buckeye Polic...

Cido and his partner, officer David Smith, retired Wednesday after eight years at the Buckeye Police Department. (City of Buckeye Photo)

(City of Buckeye Photo)

PHOENIX — After eight years on the job, Cido, a police dog who worked at the Buckeye Police Department has called it a career.

“The true warrior fights not because he hates the one in front of him, but because he loves the one behind him. Congratulations and enjoy your retirement,” Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck said during a city council meeting Wednesday when Cido officially left the force.

Cido and his partner, officer David Smith — who also retired Wednesday — sniffed out hundreds of pounds of illegal narcotics, such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, in their eight years together. Cido also tracked down millions of dollars of stashed drug money.

Cido, a Belgian Malinois, joined Buckeye police when he was 2 years old. He and Smith underwent more than 400 hours of training before they were allowed to hit the streets.

It seemed as if Cido was pretty well set up for his retirement.

“Canine officer Cido will become a full-time member of officer Smith’s family,” Meck said. “Officer Smith and Cido, thank you for your dedication and loyalty to the city of Buckeye in keeping our residents safe.”

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