Retiring Arlington Heights police dog honored

  • Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, left, reads from a proclamation Tuesday honoring retiring police dog Max, who worked for eight years with officer Michael Butler.

      Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, left, reads from a proclamation Tuesday honoring retiring police dog Max, who worked for eight years with officer Michael Butler. Christopher Placek | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 9/5/2018 4:11 PM

Retiring Arlington Heights police dog Max was recognized this week for eight years on the force -- time that included recovering more than $3 million in illegal drugs and $1 million in cash and criminal assets.

The 10-year-old German shepherd, who has worked with officer Michael Butler, was honored with a proclamation by Mayor Tom Hayes at a village board meeting Tuesday. Max was the third police dog to join the department after Police Chief Gerald Mourning reinstated the canine program in 2007.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Max notably helped find a missing elderly Alzheimer's patient who wandered from a care facility in the winter of 2014. Max will continue to live with Butler in retirement.

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