10-4: So long, Cyber!
It’ was a grand old party … befitting a police dog!
Cyber, the 10-year canine veteran of the Estherville Police Department was the center of attention Tuesday as officers and well-wishers showered the animal with well wishes, cards and dog treats for a happy retirement.
He will spend the rest of his dog years at the Matt Reineke home, where he has lived since 1999.
The gathering was resplendent with cake and ice cream, nuts and mints. Cyber, however, instead sought out one of his gifts at his fete, a tasty bone.
Joining the force in 1998, the dog has helped to sniff out crime, especially illegal drug activity.
Reineke, said in one incident occuring earlierl this decade the trained animal uncovered 50 pounds of marijuana.
“He’s found meth. On one occasion, he found cocaine, meth and money in the amount of $1,500 during a seizure.”
Two weeks ago, Cyber was instrumental in finding drugs on a search warrant. A small quantity of marijuana was located.
He was a key part in collaring the suspect in the jewelry store robbery which occurred a few years ago on South Sixth Street.
Kyle Quest, a reserve police officer with the department was the responsible party who brought Cyber to Estherville.
Reineke said Quest was a student at Iowa Lakes Community College at the time so puppy Cyber’s first home here was a dorm room!
Given his present size that accommodation wouldn’t be comfortable today.
Quest had been an employee of dog trainer Cindy Brody of Red Oak, IA. They were Cyber’s trainers in his early days.
When Quest left town, Cyber stayed behind, joined the EPD and was adopted by Reineke and his family.
The department saw his potential and he was purchased for $3,500. The dual-purpose trained police dog replacing Cyber carries a $8,500 price tag. This entire amount has been secured thanks to the generosity of citizens and businesses.
“He’s been a good investment and was responsible for getting $100,000 worth of dope off the streets of Estherville,” Reineke said. “He’s been responsible for many convictions.”
Police Chief Eric Milburn added, “We have been lucky to have had a well mannered, good tempered, easy to manage canine which assisted our department and our community. He has been a good dog and has served us well.”
The chief also noted that as far as employees are concerned, “They should all be this easy to handle.”
The retired officer will enjoy the easy life–something which is deserving of one trusted, loyal, hard-working employee.