Reno K9

Reno, a retired Des Moines Police Department dog, died Nov. 29, 2012, of an illness. The police department provided this undated photo.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes but this hero had 4-legs and a fur coat.  His name was Reno and he was one of Des Moines Police Department most well known K9s.  In honor of his service, Des Moines has named it’s newest dog park Reno Memorial Dog Park.

Reno served the department from 2003 to 2011 and was best known for not only surviving being wounded chasing a suspect, but returning to duty in top form after only 4 months in 2004.  In 2005, Reno and his partner, Senior Patrol Officer Tim Nading, were part of the Des Moines police team that won the U.S. Police Canine Association National Championship. In 2006, the dog was recognized as the police dog of the year at an American Kennel dog show.

At 11-years-old, Reno passed away on November 29, 2012 after veterinarians discovered a soft tissue tumor that had ruptured and they were unable to save him.

Reno Memorial Dog ParkReno Memorial Dog Park officially opened on June 20.  The three-and-a-half acre fenced in park has plenty of room for dogs to run and shade for owners to relax in.

The park is located at 3533 E. Douglas Avenue. You must have a dog park permit to use the facility. It’s open every day from 6 a.m. until sunset.

Love our service and working dogs!


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