Remembering a fearless friend

Published May 3, 2017


Jacob Spitaleri, 8, center, places a tennis ball on the grave of his dog, Major, a German shepherd that served with his father, Clearwater police Sgt. Michael Spitaleri, right, before retiring in 2014. Major passed away in 2016. The Spitaleris were attending Curlew Hills Memory Gardens' 10th annual K-9 Police Dog Memorial on Tuesday in Palm Harbor, where service dogs and handlers from area police and sheriff's offices attended to honor retired and deceased dogs. This year's event memorialized nearly 60 interred dogs. Read the tribute Michael Spitaleri wrote to his departed K-9 partner at