The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today officially released Sarpy County Sheriff's Office K9 Staack from duty. Staack is already enjoying retirement and will continue to live with his handler, Dep. Jason Jones.
Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis and the Board also recognized Dr. Erich Rachwitz from Twin Creek Animal Hospital for saving Staack's life on two separate occasions. First, when he performed emergency surgery to remove Staack's spleen; and more recently, when he removed Staack's leg after finding bone cancer.
Sheriff Davis presented Dr. Rachwitz and his staff with awards for their service to the Sheriff's Office's K9 Unit. He also presented Staack with a basket full of bones, treats and toys.
ABOUT STAACK'S SERVICE
Staack, a Belgian Malinois, was born in Germany in 2012. The Sheriff's Office purchased the dog in 2015 and named him after Investigator Rick Staack, who passed away in 2013.
K9 Staack was certified in narcotics detection, patrol, tracking and evidence recovery. He served for 6 years on the overnight road patrol and assisted his handler, Dep. Jones, on the SWAT Team.
During his time with the Sheriff's Office, he was instrumental in officer safety and drug arrests. He helped detect 3,800 pounds of marijuana in a storage facility and thousands of THC vape pens during a traffic stop.
Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis (from left), Dr. Erich Rachwitz and Dep. Jason Jones pose for a photo while Staack enjoys one of his retirement presents.