A New Castle County Police officer and his canine partner recently received the 2010 Award for Canine Excellence from the American Kennel Club.
Senior Corporal Mark Tobin and his police dog Nike accepted the award at a ceremony last month in Long Beach, California. The award is given in honor of a dog that “performs some exemplary act that significantly benefited a community or individual.”
Cpl. Tobin and Nike are responsible for more than 161 apprehensions of suspects accused of everything from burglary to murder. They’ve also worked together to seize $1.6 million worth of drugs. Nike’s ability to track is credited with locating and saving the life of a 12-year-old girl who had overdosed. He was also able to find a six-year-old autistic boy who went missing on a 97-degree day.
Tobin and Nike were honored at the American Kennel Club Eukanuba World Championship Show which will be televised this Saturday at 2 PM on ABC. Their names will be added to a plaque that hangs in the American Kennel Club Library in New York City.