Longtime Shawnee Co. Sheriff K9 retires

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TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) -- “I spent the last 10 or 11 years with him,” Sgt. Brad Metz with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office said.

For nearly a decade Sgt. Metz and his partner, Bolt, made the perfect team.

“It’s such a piece of mind to know that your back officer is in your backseat all the time. You know not every officer has that luxury,” Metz explained.

Bolt began working for the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office in 2009.

“He was initially trained to apprehend bad people and his secondary role was to sniff out narcotics,” Metz said.

Since then Bolt is responsible for sniffing out $100,000 worth of drugs and 200 pounds of illegal narcotics.

“I think he was probably the best out of all my dogs that I’ve had so I got the longest out of him,” Metz explained.

He occasionally got to show off his softer side when visiting kids in school.

“They thought that was the coolest thing in the world that his dog can be out here you know biting someone one minute and then you know he can be over here getting pet by all these kids the next minute,” Metz said.

However the German Shepard’s career almost ended in 2017 when he and Sgt. Metz were involved in an accident on I-70.

“A lady who had a medical condition hit us or hit my vehicle square in the side where Bolt’s kennel is,” Metz said.

Bolt was seriously injured and underwent months of medical treatment.

“The medical procedures were all a bunch of injections in the back and spine and hips and things like that,” Metz explained.

Just a few months later Sgt. Metz’s partner was back on the job, but in 2019 it was time for Bolt to move on.

“If it was up to him he’d still want to come to work. Physically you know he’s put in 70 years dog years. So physically it’s time for him to take a break and enjoy retired life,” Metz said.

The decision was not easy.

“It was tough. It was tough on both of us,” Metz added.

However, Sgt. Metz said Bolt seems to be enjoying his retirement.

“Maybe get some people food and go chase squirrels in the back yard,” he said.

Sgt. Metz is now training with his new partner, Lenny.