The Miami Beach police lost one of their best assets on Friday afternoon — a playful K-9 with a knack for sniffing out the bad guys.
Ten-year-old Mikey the Belgian Malinois retired from the Miami Beach Police Department after seven years spent fighting crime alongside his handler, Officer Emilio Garcia.
“Today is a bittersweet day for us,” said Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez in a video commemorating Mikey’s departure. “He’s a very playful and social animal, not all of our K-9s are like that, but don’t be fooled by this playful demeanor. Mikey has apprehended some very dangerous criminals.”
With Mikey around, criminals had nowhere to hide.
A few years ago, Mikey and Garcia were searching for a suspected murderer when Mikey stopped in front of some bushes and signaled that he had found the culprit. Garcia asked the man hiding in the hedges to come out, but he refused to comply. “My best bud, he decided to go in and get him for me,” Garcia recalled.
Mikey’s job has also had some lighter moments. The K-9 has visited countless schools and participated in many presentations in his years on the force. He’s also learned some handy skills, like opening the police car door with his mouth.
But now, said Garcia, it’s time for Mikey to enjoy his golden years.
“I believe he’ll be spoiled now, which he deserves,” Garcia said in the video. “I can just actually give him a life of fun and happiness. He’s done a lot for me. He’s done a lot for the city. So the least we can do is just in turn reward him and just let him be a dog and let him have fun.”
As an added thank you, the City of Miami Beach is covering all of Mikey’s medical expenses for the rest of his days. Mikey and his handler won’t have to worry about a thing.