Belgian Malinois Yoda
Last week I was following a true crime case in the news about an escaped prisoner in Pennsylvania USA. The convict had been on the run for almost two weeks, keeping the police and other authorities at bay by hiding in dense undergrowth, stealing a van and worst of all, acquiring a gun by robbing a householder. The situation was extremely dangerous, not only had this man killed twice before and been given a life sentence, he was now armed, and had nothing to lose.
On the fourteenth day thermal imaging from an aircraft detected a heat source in dense woodland. The police waited patiently for signs of movement, but it appeared that the escaped prisoner was resting. The Customs and Border Patrol team surrounded the area then sent in their highly trained search dog called Yoda, who managed to approach and restrain the man , before he could his engage his weapon. The dog was trained to ‘bite and hold’ which he did, leaving the prisoner with a bleeding scalp wound, but no shots were fired and no lives lost.
I wonder what went through the handler’s mind as he released Yoda into that critical situation. Although they knew the prisoner’s position, they had no way of knowing how alert he was. The dog was highly trained with a job to do, that was to limit the loss of human life, and this well thought out plan was the best option.
I hope Canine Officer Yoda gets an award for his immense bravery in this highly dangerous situation. There is absolutely no doubt that he saved lives that day and his handlers, colleagues and countrymen should be extremely proud.
I haven’t used the fugitives name in this article out of respect for his victims and their families, who have suffered too much. However this story is outlined here.
A short video about Yoda from Fox43 News on Youtube