LIVINGSTON – A retired Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office canine – credited with more than 20 physical apprehensions – died Tuesday, according to Sheriff Jason Ard.
“K9 Mack was a great partner who excelled at his job,” Ard said.
He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2009, retiring in June 2016. He then joined the family of Deputy Cory Winburn, his last handler.
Mack “may have retired, but once a working dog, always a working dog,” Winburn said. “K9 Mack successfully deterred would-be burglars from my home.”
Mack was instrumental in apprehending several wanted criminals, the sheriff said, and also was responsible for several voluntary surrenders.
“One of the most notable cases involving K9 Mack happened during a heavy rain storm,” Ard said.
“Despite the weather, K9 Mack was able to track an attempted murder suspect right to the door of the home the suspect entered. The suspect was quickly located in the attic of that home,” he said.
In 2015, K9 Mack assisted his partner with locating a discarded murder weapon that proved to be a key piece of evidence. He also assisted in the seizure of drugs and currency.
From 2014 until his retirement, Mack and Winburn combined to become award winners in U.S. Police Canine Association (USPCA) competitions.
In 2014 at USPCA Region 10 K9 Trials, they were named the Best Rookie Narcotics Detection Team and won third places in the Indoor Narcotics Detection Competition and Overall Narcotics Detection Competition,
In 2015, the pair took first place in the Louisiana Detection Team and Overall Detection Team competitions at the Jereme Triche Memorial Detection Competition.