According to news reports, Shaker Heights, Ohio, K-9 Igor has been part of Chad Hagan’s family since the two were partnered together when the dog was only a year old. They have hardly spent any time apart over the past five years, forging a powerful bond that no doubt made them an efficient team on duty and inseparable companions off duty. When Hagan recently informed the chief of police that he was planning to leave the agency, he asked to buy Igor from the city, which is common practice when a police dog is retired. He even offered to pay $10,000 out of pocket to help offset the cost of replacing him, but city officials refused and forced Hagan to relinquish Igor. Since the agency doesn’t have another handler to partner with him, Igor has been sitting in a kennel facility, separated from the only family he’s ever known.
We sent an urgent letter to the chief of police requesting the immediate retirement and release of the dog back to his family. If you agree with us, please contact the city officials listed below and let them know that you support reuniting Igor with former officer Hagan. Please keep your message polite and respectful.
Wayne D. Hudson
Chief of Police
Shaker Heights Police Department
Jeri E. Chaikin
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Shaker Heights