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Binky the K9 passes away

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Cpl. Amanda McGruder and Binky (Source: SCMPD) Cpl. Amanda McGruder and Binky (Source: SCMPD)

Binky, one of the K9 who started the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.'s Canine unit, died Saturday.

The canine unit began in 2001. Binky was a Belgian Malinois that served in the unit for eight years. The dog was known for his superb sniffing ability and died at the home of his original partner and handler Cpl. Amanda McGruder and his replacement Djieno, according to a police news release.

Binky had taken part in more than 330 arrests and was called out for 210 tracks. He conducted these searches: 172 for evidence, 820 for narcotics and 207 building searches.

Police noted one of Binky's captures at his retirement ceremony in 2009 in which he discovered a man underwater in Bryan County by detecting his scent from air bubbles and dove into a swamp to drag out the burglary suspect.

McGruder admitted she spoiled Binky. "He wanted for nothing," she said in a news release, "including doggie ice cream he got on his birthday every year. His death was just surreal for me."

"Binky was the smartest police canine that I have ever seen," said Sgt. Eric Dukarski, supervisor of the Canine Unit, in a news release. "Everything that we tried to teach him, he would pick up on it so fast. It was amazing to watch him work.  Cpl. McGruder loved that dog very much and I know he will be greatly missed."   

Binky was 14 years old.

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