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Posted on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 11:03 a.m.

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office mourns the loss of retired police dog

By Katrease Stafford

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of its recently retired police service dog, Ziva.


The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of Ziva, pictured here with Deputy Gerrod Visel.

Courtesy WCSO

Ziva, a 7-year-old female Belgian Malinios, was retired several weeks ago due to some medical issues. Ziva died Saturday.

The department credits Ziva with many significant drug finds, seizures, firearms and evidence finds, and numerous tracking incidents that led to the arrest of dangerous individuals.

Ziva recently assisted another local agency in locating a suicidal person in a wooded area, who may not have been located without the help of Ziva, according to the department.

Ziva served in the department for five years and became a family member to her handler, Deputy Gerrod Visel.

In a news release, the department remarked that Ziva was an intelligent, energetic, hardworking and devoted police partner.

Police dog handlers throughout Washtenaw County gathered Saturday to honor Ziva and offer support for Deputy Visel.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.



Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 3:26 p.m.

My deepest sympathies to the Visel family. Ziva, rest in peace, pretty lady. :(


Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 6:14 a.m.

RIP Ziva :(.


Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 3:33 a.m.

Rest in peace Deputy Dog.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 11:48 p.m.

My deepest condolences. This kind of loss leaves a huge hole in your heart. RIP (or chasing squirrels in doggy heaven).


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 10:02 p.m.

What a bummer. Losing a pet - working type or not - is so sad.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 9:44 p.m.

What a waste to see all that training evaporate with the health of a frail dog. Oh well, go buy another one.


Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 4:42 p.m.

Way to go shepard145...your compassion for someone's loss, even if "just" a dog is boundless...wonder what your boss would say about job training evaporating with the frail mind of a worker and the "waste" of time involved....


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 9:07 p.m.



Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 7:02 p.m.

Thanks for all the assistance you provided to help keep our streets as safe as possible!!


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 6:18 p.m.

Dogs are the best people. All dogs go to heaven. Search "Rainbow Bridge Poem" or go to www.rainbowsbridge (dot) com /poem


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 5:57 p.m.

RIP Ziva.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

That's so sad! 7's not that old. Poor thing. Hope she's in a happier puppy place.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 5:11 p.m.

RIP Ziva. Condolences to the Visel family.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 5:09 p.m.

Dog-kinds have been cultured for thousands of years to be the eyes, ears, nose, and right hand security-hunting assistants for human kind. RIP Ziva.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 5:36 p.m.

Unfortunately, the relationship has evolved to such a state that many canines are now able to tell their owners what to do. In a few more years, with the advent of the smart car, the handler might get to ride shotgun - but only if he's been good.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 4:52 p.m.

She will certainly be missed. I love this picture of her and her man.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 4:49 p.m.

Sorry for your loss, dogs truely are mans best friend.


Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 4:47 p.m.

This is so sad for the dept. Ziva was family to many, and was great help to the dept.