HOUSTON – The Chickasaw County Sheriffs Department last week announced the medical retirement of their K9 Nagod, a member of the Department since May 2018.
The announcement was made at the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors meeting last Monday, June 3, in Okolona.
It was the major news at the meeting. The board –still awaiting further information – didn‘t take any action on a proposed ordinance banning the sale of kratom in the county.
Nagod, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, was retired after sustaining a spine injury while on duty, according to Chief Deputy Keith Roberson.
A male malinois can weigh 60-80 lbs. They’re highly intelligent, and sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd dog rather than as a separate breed.
The dog was immediately transported to Veterinarian Dr. Joe Duncan DVM, at Duncan Veterinary Clinic in Eupora. Dr. Duncan treated Nagod about a week, and saw some improvement, but finally had to give Sheriff Jimmy Meyers the bad news: The injury that K9 Nagod sustained would affect his ability to perform his duty as a K9.
“We make this announcement with great sadness. We place great demands on our K9 such as agility, long tracks, apprehensions and long hours patrolling. Dr. Duncan believes that Nagod can maintain a high quality of life without such demands. Nagod will retire at the home of his handler, Deputy Bo Yeatman and his family,‘‘ said Sheriff Meyers.
Nagod and handler Deputy Yeatman served the citizens of Chickasaw County with great success. They were responsible for the location and seizure of illegal narcotics, U.S. currency, as well as the location and apprehension of violent offenders, the sheriff said.
Said Yeatman this week: “He comes from the Czech Republic. His name means, basically, to serve and protect.
‘‘It broke my heart to retire him – it was too early in his career. He‘s my partner and like one of my children, though – I want to do what‘s in their best interests.
Nagod can‘t perform at the level he once did. He could get seriously hurt or worse if he were still on duty and a bad situation developed. The county did what was in Nagod‘s best interests, and my hat‘s off to the county for doing that,”Yeatman said.
One of the biggest cases the K-9 helped make grew out of a routine safety checkpoint in Okolona. He alerted on the vehicle, and as a result, officers eventually made an arrest, seized a quantity of narcotics and about $6,800 in cash.
“Nagod‘s a great community relations asset. He shows kids that not all policemen are bad. He‘s also gotten a lot of dope off the streets, and helped us seize a lot of money related to drug activity. Considering all those things, I feel like he‘s well-paid for his purchase price,‘‘ Yeatman said.
The Chickasaw County Sheriff Department is now looking into different options to purchase a new K9. The final result won‘t be cheap: Nagod cost about $17,000, and the cost of his equipment and retrofitting a vehicle to hold him pushed the price still higher.
Sheriff Meyers thanked all of the community partners that have donated money and services to the K9 unit, and expressed the hope that Nagod‘s replacement will serve as capably as he did.
In other area law enforcement news:
--TREBLOC –One person was injured following a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon May 30 east of Houston, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Officer said 47-year-old Jerry Perrigin of Caledonia was eastbound on Miss. 8 in a gray 2010 Toyota Tundra when he collided with 63-year-old Jettie Ware of Aberdeen who was northbound on Miss. 47 driving a black 2009 Lincoln.
Ware was transported by ambulance to Amory hospital with moderate injuries. No other information was immediately available.