Warden is was 10 year-old black Labrador Retriever known for his ability to find marijuana growing in wildlife areas, tracking missing people, poachers and fugitives, and revealing evidences in criminal cases.
He died August 3.
Warden worked for the Division of Fish and Wildlife for the past eight years with his partner, Officer Lt. Casey Zolper. He was set to formally retire a week before he died at his partner’s home.
The partners became the division’s first canine team in 2006. The agency has no plans to replace the dog, Senior Cpl. Carl Winckoski said.
The pooch was donated by Bill Wolter, a Delaware-based trainer. Owens Station hunting preserve, Dewey Beach Lions Club and the National Wild Turkey Federation provided the funding to train the pair.
Warden was once called upon to assist state police in a finding an alleged suicidal man, he quickly found the man unconscious in a large wooded area in the winter using the scent from the man’s slipper.
The Lab also endeared himself a lot of school children, as he often visited schools and community events to demonstrate his special skills.
“Warden was a great partner on the job and a big part of my family at home,” Casey said.
Carl said he did not know what caused the Warden’s death.
“They’re limited on years and that kind of work is kind of stressful,” he said.
“The dog was great with us. People loved the dog because it wasn’t an aggressive dog.”
RIP Warden! Thank you for your service.
Source: Delaware Online