There is no doubt that police officers end up spending more time with their partners than with family. When that partner has four legs, a tail, and unwavering loyalty, there is bound to be a special bond between the two.
This was the case when Sergeant David Evans was introduced to a nine-month-old puppy four years ago. The German Shepherd puppy was called Ivy and was meant to be David’s K-9 partner. Four years later, a strong bond exists between the two. Today, David is about to retire after 34 years of service to the force. The sad news is that the police department intends to separate the partners and give Ivy to another officer to be re-handled.
David and Ivy
According to David’s daughter, Jennie, David would spend more time with his partner than he did with his family. Even when David went out with his wife, they would always determine how long they would stay so that they come back to the dog. The cop would not let the dog stay in her kennel for long. The dog became part of his life, and he was happy and ready to sacrifice his holidays. If he were to go on holiday, both partners would miss each other terribly.
Jennie says that her dad spends all his time with Ivy. The bond is made even stronger since Ivy is completely attached to the police officer. This is why Jennie started a petition to enable her dad to keep Ivy even after going on retirement. Although the petition got over 35,000 signatures, it did not do much regarding helping David and Ivy.
Jennie admits that separating the two partners will be traumatic to both of them. She says that the experience has already caused terrible trauma to both David and Ivy. She adds that Ivy has known their home as the most stable place for a long time. This means that it would be detrimental to move her to a new place and for her to be re-handles by a new officer as she would not understand why it is happening. Jennie thinks that Ivy would get depressed if she were dragged from the person she loves and given to someone else. The expectation that she will form a bond with a new person may not be good for her welfare.
Response from the police department
In response to Jennie’s petition, Chief Constable Bangham said that despite the close relationships that dogs develop with their handlers, they belong to the police force and do not become family pets. He adds that Ivy is a valued resource and is still young, a factor that gives her many years of service ahead. He insists that the dog will stay with the force and be given to another officer to be re-handled.
For a man who has dedicated 34 years of his life to the police force, Jennie feels that her dad should get better treatment from West Mercia Police. She says that David had offered to buy Ivy and meet the costs of another dog to replace her, but the force declined this offer.