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Saying farewell to K9 Riky

PHOTO COURTESY BRANDON BELL Brandon Bell and K9 Riky spend time together in 2013.

FOSTORIA — Fostoria Police Department is saying farewell to a furry friend.

Detective Brandon Bell, said Riky, an 11-year-old German shepherd, died at Bell’s house on Christmas Day. Riky never officially retired but hadn’t been used this year.

“I think, over the years, we had a lot of success,” said Bell, Riky’s Partner.

Riky, who is from the Netherlands and trained at M & M Boarding Training & Importing in Sandusky, had been with Officer Brett Bethel prior to his time with Bell. Bell said he got Riky in November 2009, and they were certified in April 2010.

“He was pretty high strung, but they take after their handlers,” he said.

Riky had an attitude, Bell said.

“People took him the wrong way a lot,” he said.

Bell said it was a lot of fun and a lot of work. He got Riky before he was married and had children, and he had spent more time with the canine than he did with his wife.

Riky was used hundreds of times by Fostoria Police Department, other agencies and Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit. He was trained to search for narcotics.

Riky once found 60 pounds of marijuana in the ceiling area of a house during execution of a search warrant. Officials seized two houses as a result of it, Bell said.

Riky was jumping toward the ceiling.

“We couldn’t smell (the marijuana),” Bell said.

K9 Marley remains in service for Fostoria Police Department.

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