He had a stellar career. Stryker, a 5 ½-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been a valued member of Mount Dora Police Department for four years. Officer Adam McCulloch has been Stryker’s handler and partner throughout the dog’s service to the community.
The Mount Dora Police Department is saddened to announce Stryker will retire on December 2.
The team of McCulloch and Stryker are responsible for making over 140 arrests, as well as seizing guns, cocaine, meth, heroin, marijuana and prescription pills during their tenure together.
A few months ago, Stryker suffered an injury while off-duty which required surgery to repair a disc in his spine. As he was recovering and undergoing physical therapy, Stryker was diagnosed with a mass in his intestines requiring another surgery. He is now rehabilitating at home.
“I would like to thank everyone for the sincere thoughts about Stryker,” said Officer McCulloch. “Every week he has been going through physical therapy to learn how to walk and do simple things we take for granted like sitting, standing, lying down, and even running.”
After careful consideration, it was decided to retire Stryker from service to ensure he is able to recover and live a full life with McCulloch and his family.
Upon Stryker’s retirement, the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation’s K-9 Program will take care of Stryker’s medical expenses. This will ensure McCulloch and his family are not burdened with excessive costs for a K-9 who has done so much for the Mount Dora community.
To learn more about this program and other programs within the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation, please go to: http://www.mountdoraheroesfoundation.com
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