Michigan State Police K-9 retires

Striker heading towards life at home with handler after 7 years of service

Published On: Jan 23 2013 09:45:09 AM EST
Striker MSP dog
DETROIT -

The Michigan State Police announced Wednesday that one of its Metro Post’s K-9s has retired after seven years of service.

Striker, a purebred German Shepard born in Hungry, enlisted with the department on Jan. 7, 2005. He was assigned to the former Metro North Post and ended his career at the Metro post in Oak Park on December. Striker specialized in explosive detection and general patrol duties.

During his career, MSP said Striker was assigned to Super Bowl 40, two World Series and many Tiger, Red Wing and Piston playoff games and Detroit Lion home games.

He also assisted at many air shows and the Major League All Star Game.

He was assigned to dignitary protect details protecting many dignitaries from around the country including the president of the United States.

He also tracked several suspects, located lost persons and located several firearms that were used in criminal activity.

Striker and his handler, Trooper Dawn Zonca, always looked forward to public relations events and they visited many schools, churches and Boy and Girl Scout meetings. Striker also participated in the City of Auburn Hills National Night Out campaign.

Striker was honored with a proclamation from the Auburn Hills City Council for his dedication to the residents of Auburn Hills at the Jan.21 city council meeting.

Striker will enjoy his retirement living with his handler, her family and three other dogs.