Martins Ferry’s K-9 retires after 7 years of service

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Ecko the Belgian Malinois has done it all, from drug detection to tracking to apprehending criminals.

He’s also been a good will ambassador for the police department, a dog about town “that anybody could walk up to and pet,” said Chief John McFarland.

But on Tuesday, Ecko had surgery at KEY Animal Hospital in Wheeling for torn knee ligaments, and he will require six months of rehabilittion.

Taking into account that he’s nearly 10 years old, Ecko’s handler has decided to retire him to home life and leisure.

“The goal is to let him just be a dog, and to live with Officer John Holmes,” said Chief McFarland. 

Ecko was not injured on duty.

He started limping after a brisk session of playing with his favorite toy, a large rubber Kong.

He was diagnosed with torn knee ligaments in one of his front legs.

This will leave the police department without a K-9, so they are looking into the possibility of coming up with the funds to get a new one.

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