K9 Delilah Retires
HAMMOND, LA - May 11, 2020 - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports after almost three years of serving and protecting the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish, TPSO K9 Delilah must sadly retire.
Delilah, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, born in Amsterdam, was purchased in June of 2017, to replace the legendary TPSO K9 “Mako", worked until the end of April of 2020 when her career suddenly came to end. TPSO K9 Delilah was recently diagnosed with Lumbosacral Disease which began limiting the use of her hind limbs. Both Kent’s Veterinarian Clinic of Amite and Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists of Baton Rouge worked effortlessly to find a solution that would allow Delilah to continue to work.
Unfortunately, after 2 months of rest, medicines, steroids, and procedures, it was determined Delilah’s career as a TPSO K9 Deputy must be cut short. Although saddened, Lieutenant Thomas Ferrand, Delilah’s handler and best friend, commends the efforts put forth by Sheriff Edwards, and both veterinary clinics in the attempt to extend her career.
Delilah never met a stranger and loved to lick the closest person to her. Delilah took great pride in her work and was very protective of Lt. Ferrand, especially while on duty. She never left his side and was always ready to do her job. "She has one of the best narcotics detecting noses around," says Ferrand. "She did her job effortlessly."
Delilah was a huge asset to TPSO and her community and she will greatly be missed.
During her short career, Delilah was responsible for locating a total of three (3) plus pounds of methamphetamine, (30) plus pounds of Marijuana, numerous cocaine and heroin busts. Deliliah is also responsible for criminally apprehending (23) suspects by presence alone and assisted in seizing approximately $15,000 in U.S. currency. Delilah will live the rest of her life in the comfort of her family’s home where she will continue to be spoiled and loved.
Job well done, Delilah!!! You will always be part of our TPSO family!