Honoring our Lexington Canine Heros

Police Dog Vic

Meet Vic. He has a demanding job as a member of the Lexington Police Department’s Canine Unit. Detecting narcotics and explosives and apprehending criminals to help keep our community safe is all in a day’s work for Vic and his fellow team mates.

Started in 1962, the Lexington Police Department’s Canine Unit is the oldest police canine unit in Kentucky. The dogs and their human partners are held to a high standard of excellence, and recently received multiple honors as some of the top teams in the region for their performance while achieving their certification through the United States Police Canine Association.

Like all the dogs in his unit, normally Vic is content to do his job with a wag and a smile, but when the demands of work combine with a dog who refuses to quit until the job is done, the combination can be problematic.

This past year, an exam revealed that Vic had broken two teeth while training and working. The pain of broken teeth may cause an animal to bite and chew more delicately, which, for a Police Canine like Vic who needs to be able to bite with hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to apprehend a suspect, could put his fellow officers at risk.

Luckily, the Lexington Police Department relies on the trained and dedicated staff at the Animal Care Clinic to care for their Canine Officers, both through preventative care and in times of illness or injury. In Vic’s case, we were able to provide an accurate diagnosis along with prompt and effective treatment, allowing Vic to get back on his paws and back to doing his job quickly.

For a Police Canine a life threatening emergency can happen at any time of the day or night. At the Animal Care Clinic, we have doctors on call 24/7/365 just in case of such an event.

We are proud to do our part in serving the pets who serve our community and want to express our deepest appreciation to the Lexington Police Department Canine Officers and their human partners who put their lives on the line for our community every day.

We believe that your pets also have an important job to do and we want to make sure that they are in the best of health to do it.

Give us a call today at 223-8866 and give us a chance to treat your pet like a hero.

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