Northport police dog retires after eight years
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson
After eight years of service with the Northport Police Department, K-9 Officer Ooze is turning in his badge.
The Northport City Council unanimously approved the black hound’s retirement in their Monday night meeting, making Tuesday his first official day off.
Ooze was trained in narcotics detection and has been a familiar face in the police department’s community engagement efforts.
Assistant Chief Keith Carpenter said Ooze and other animals like him help officers keep their communities safe.
“They’re a great tool for us that gives us an extra way of finding narcotics and locating them and trying to get them off the streets.”
Ooze will enjoy well-deserved rest as an adopted member of his longtime handler’s family.