The Lab was an arson investigator with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She retired Saturday,August 2, after serving for 7 years!
She assisted in more than 500 arson investigations across Colorado since 2007.
The beloved Lab was also named the Top Law Enforcement Dog by the American Humane Association in 2011.
A happy crowd gathered at Willow Run Feed & Supply in Broomfield last week for the ceremony.
Sadie turned in her badge and a new arson dog, named Riley, was “sworn in.”
Arson dogs are important to investigations because they can sniff out evidence like accelerants as they scour burned structures, says Agent Jerry Means, Sadie’s handler.
“That’s evidence that you can’t see with your eyes and it would take weeks or months to crawl around on your hands and knees and using an electronic meter or something to find [the accelerant],” Means said. “The dog can go in and process the average fire scene in seven to eight minutes.”
“She’s gone into horrendous fire scenes and gone into places I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable going in,” Agent Means said.
The adorable Labrador Retriever will live with Means’ daughter Whitney in Brighton.
The Arson Dog program is funded by State Farm and is available to fire departments and law enforcement agencies across the United States.
Since it began in 1993, the program has placed more than 345 dogs in 44 states, three Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia.