Long-serving Metro Vancouver police dog Garner retires after nabbing 246 ‘bad guys’

“Known for his thunderous bark (and handsome face), Garner’s drive and desire to work was unmatched”

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Police service dog Garner with his handler Const. Chris Cottrill of the Delta Police Department on their final shift together Jan. 11, 2022. Photo by RCMP

A police service dog that’s been nabbing suspects and rooting out illicit drugs for more than half a decade has “hung up his harness” for good.

Garner worked his last shift with his handler, Const. Chris Cottrill, on Tuesday night.

Cottrill, who is a Delta police officer, and Garner were part of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service.

RCMP spokeswoman Maureen Gulyas said the team had “a memorable career” that included the captures of 246 people, including tracking and locating three homicide suspects during two separate manhunts.

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“Known for his thunderous bark (and handsome face), Garner’s drive and desire to work was unmatched,” said Gulyas in a statement.

BC police dog Garner poses with $2 million of illegal narcotics that was seized at the Canadian border.
BC police dog Garner poses with $2 million of illegal narcotics that was seized at the Canadian border. Photo by RCMP

“Garner’s largest single bust was $2 million worth of narcotics being smuggled across the border into Canada.”

Garner and Cottrill also served with the Lower Mainland emergency response team as well as on call-outs around the province, and the dog “courageously saved his handler’s life on several occasions,” said Gulyas.

“Whether he was whining out of excitement or spinning to get out of the truck to chase the bad guys, Garner’s energy and presence will be greatly missed” by the police dog team.

Garner’s retirement with his handler’s family will include lots of his favorite hobbies like fetching balls and swimming, while Cottrill will start training a new service dog soon.

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