MONTEBELLO — The Montebello Police Department is mourning the loss of Carson the K-9, who had served the city since October 2008.
Carson, who was assigned to Detective Alfred Martinez to work as a gun detection dog with the Crime Suppression Unit, died Feb. 5 with his favorite toy — a tennis ball given to him each time he located a firearm — nearby, according to the Montebello Police Department.
Carson was due to retire in March, but in January, a large tumor was detected on his spine which caused paralysis to the upper portion of his body.
As a result, the 7-year-old canine could no longer raise his head or walk.
Carson was certified at a five-week training course with Martinez and was one of the only gun detection dogs east of the Long Beach (710) Freeway, except for canines working for the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Sheriff’s departments.
Carson and his handler were often called upon to assist other law enforcement agencies in the San Gabriel Valley. Throughout his career, which began in fall 2009, Carson was able to locate 51 guns and several gun parts, accessories and ammunition, according to Montebello police.