An Ohio police officer has picked a new, four-legged partner after his K-9 colleague Jethro was laid to rest in a police funeral befitting a hero.
Canton Police Department Officer Ryan Davis and Jethro were responding to a burglary call earlier this month when the German Shepherd entered the store and was shot four times.
At the K9s4COPS Foundation in Houston, Davis auditioned more than a dozen candidates for Jethro's position and put them through a battery of tests.
Eventually, Davis narrowed the field to finalists including: Tuko, a German Shepherd with a demonstrated skill for catching bad guys; Joker, a high-spirited Belgian Malinois and Cenzo, another Belgian Malinois that is especially good at tracking.
The dogs are from Hungary, so Davis learned canine commands in Hungarian.
The new hire?
Tuko, the German Shepherd.
"For me, the bond was there," Davis said.
No dog will replace Jethro, he said. "There's always going to be a hole," Davis said.
But life, and work, goes on.
"Let's do it," Davis told his new partner. "We're going to have fun."