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Canada's first justice facility dog retires after nine year career

Last Updated Oct 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm PDT

Image via Delta Police Department

Caber, Canada's first justice facility dog, retires after a nine-year career

Caber often provided support for vulnerable victims of abuse or trauma when they appeared in court

He was treated to a retirement party, surrounded by members of the Delta Police Department

DELTA (NEWS 1130) –¬†Call it a well-deserved retirement for a veteran of the Delta Police Department.

Caber, Canada’s first justice facility dog, is stepping away after nine years on the job.

Cris Leykauf speaks for the Delta Police Department, she says Caber was a beacon of support for victims of abuse or trauma when they appeared in court.

“Over the course of his career he has directly supported more than 2100 victims of crime and trauma,” she says.¬†“There was a boy who could only be consoled by Caber after he learned of his father’s death. There was another case of a young girl who was only able to testify against her abusers because of Caber’s support in court.”

Leykauf says Caber and his handler, Kim Gramlich, are pioneers in the field.

“There are now over 46 justice facility dogs who are working coast to coast. That is a direct result of the program that Gramlick created.”

Caber went to Fort McMurray in 2016, to help in the aftermath of devastating wildfires. A year later, he was sent to Las Vegas after the Route 91 mass shooting.

Caber will now retire to Gramlich’s home. He was treated to a retirement cake today, surrounded by members of the department.