URBANDALE, Iowa- The Urbandale Police Department had a final send-off for a very accomplished police dog named "Sabre," who had been with the department for six years, but developed serious health problems.
Sabre's retirement included a ceremony to honor highly-trained animal. In this case, Sabre was walked out the department's doors, with officers saluting him, then placed in a squad car for a final ride back to his owner's residence.
Sabre had quite a career with Urbandale between 2009 and 2015, detecting millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs and more than $300,000 in cash. He also helped officers capture robbery and burglary suspects.
K9 Sabre and handler were awarded the 2012 Heart of America Police Dog Association Case of the Year
K9 Sabre and handler were named the 2014 Urbandale Police Officer of the Year
K9 Sabre was inducted into the Iowa Animal Hall of Fame in 2015
K9 Sabre was selected for a documentary in regards to Purina/Hy-Vee Pet Hero’s
K9 Sabre was deployed 511 times during his career
K9 Sabre helped seized over $434,000 in narcotic drug money on traffics stops and mail coming through the US Post Office
K9 Sabre has sniffed out/recovered over 4.7 million dollars worth of narcotics (street value)
K9 Sabre has located/sniffed out over 885 lbs of marijuana, 29 lbs of methamphetamine, 2.5 lbs of Hash, 2 lbs of cocaine, 955 tablets of ecstasy, 13.7 grams of crack-cocaine, 17 grams of LSD
K9 Sabre has sniffed out over 450 lbs of marijuana among other narcotics and drug currency coming through the US Post Office
K9 sabre located a burglar inside an abandoned hotel and apprehended him
K9 Sabre assisted in tracking two robbery suspects, locating them at an Urbandale Apartment Complex.
K9 Sabre is responsible for over 110 arrests due to his duties as a Police
K9 K9 Sabre is responsible for getting over 140 search warrants due to him alerting to narcotic odor
116 lbs of marijuana located in storage unit 53 lbs of marijuana inside a trunk during vehicle stop on I-80 36 lbs of marijuana inside trunk during vehicle stop on I-80
100 lbs of marijuana inside enclosed trailer during vehicle stop on I-80
7.5 lbs of marijuana inside the trunk of a vehicle during traffic stop near Bondurant
28 lbs of marijuana inside the trunk of a vehicle during traffic stop on I-80
6 lbs of methamphetamine hidden inside fake compartment in WDM during traffic stop
.5 lbs of methamphetamine hidden behind dashboard during traffic stop on I-80
$180,000 located hidden in fake floor during traffic stop on I-80 (this led to a major drug trafficking ring) $60,000 located inside rocker panels during traffic stop on I-80 (this led to a major drug trafficking ring) $30,000 located in semi-trailer in Clive $29,860 located in parcel package- US Post Office
$28,980 located in parcel package-US Post Office
$20,000 located in parcel package-US Post Office