Clayton County, Iowa - Police dogs, or canine officers, often play vital roles for police and sheriff's departments. But in Clayton County, the sheriff's K-9 is getting old and ready to retire. Deputies there are working to raise $ 11,000 needed to buy and train a replacement dog.
Deputy Matt Moser knows his partner Bear has his back, no matter who or what threatens him.
Moser said, "A horse actually came and tried attacking me. The dog scared the horse off so it shows how much bond there is. "
The two have been partners for almost four years. In that time they've made 75 drug related arrests. Moser says Bear helps keep suspects in check.
"Every time I gave my verbal warnings to have the guy stop they've all complied so no one has ever contested the dog. "
The 9 year old Belgium Maelinwa began showing his age earlier this year. Once the department gets a new dog, Bear will stay home with the Moser family.
"It's going to be tough," said Moser.
Their days as co-workers are limited. But Moser hopes this friendship last for years to come.