Friday, June 22, 2018
Public safety

Hillsborough sheriff canine eases into retirement

Deputy's canine partner eases into retirement

When you're working in bomb detection, a dog really is a deputy's best friend.

Just ask sheriff's Deputy Jason Allen, who works with Chino, a German shepherd/Malinois mix who is easing into retirement this month.

"When I get ready in the morning and put on my uniform he gets so excited and jumps in the car," Allen said of their relationship.

For the past five years, the adorable canine has been vital in countywide fugitive apprehension and bomb detection for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Now, as Chino's retirement approaches and Allen and the rest of the squad bid farewell, they can all agree this is one dog who upheld his duties through the very end.

In his last month on the squad, Chino assisted in apprehending Brian McGhee, a former wrestler suspected of murder.

"You can't beat that," Allen said about Chino's achievement. "You hope they go out on a high note, and he did."

Chino will stay on, doing bomb sweeps until his replacement is trained.

"His heart is still in it, but his body just can't handle it anymore," Allen said.

Though Chino's time on the force may be over, his relationship with Allen is not.

"He will live with me. We'll take trips to the beach and have some fun."

Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer

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