DATE OF PDSA GOLD MEDAL ACTION:
K9 Killer's lineage can be followed to the Iraq war and the Belgian Police. His father had parents that served for the United States in the Iraq War. His mother was bred from two Belgian police dogs and was entered into an exchange program and sent to South Africa.
In Kruger National Park canines are used for tracking and apprehending poachers. This work includes scent detection of firearms and illegal animal parts. Once suspects have been detected in the park, K9 Killer is loaded into a helicopter and flown to a drop off location. As of the last 4 years K9 Killer has led to the arrest of 115 poachers in Kruger National Park. In order for K9 Killer to remain on the scent trails of humans he had to be introduced to the scents of animals in Kruger National Park at a young age. This two-year training program desensitized K9 Killer to the smells of animals.
Kruger National Park suffers from rhinoceros poaching every year. Rhinoceros poaching has increased from 13 poached rhinos in 2007 to 1,215 in 2014. K9 Killer and Amos Mzimba have aided in the arrests of more than 115 rhinoceros poachers illegally hunting within the park grounds.
The PDSA Gold Medal was awarded to K9 Killer in January 2016 for his fight against anti-poaching in South Africa. Through the protection of human and animal life, pets must show dedication to their duties in order to receive this honor.
PDSA GOLD MEDAL CITATION:
For lifesaving bravery and devotion to his handler and other rangers engaged in the fight against rhinoceros poaching.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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