The Rupel police zone is in mourning. Sue, the very first police dog in the Rupel zone, died on Wednesday at the age of 10. Police inspector Bieke Schutijser, Sue’s owner, is very concerned about it.
The Malinois was about a year old when the dog started working at the Rupel police zone in 2014 as a patrol, cash and drug dog. Since then, Sue and her owner have formed a tandem and have made a striking appearance at events and during house searches and actions.
“A little over ten years ago you tripped into our lives. Everyone’s heart was immediately filled by your presence, your unconditional love,” police inspector Bieke Schutijser wrote on social media. “Together we graduated as a dog team, a first in the Rupel police zone. We hunted criminals, tracked down loads of money and drugs and had the most amazing adventures. You knew all my secrets, were always my greatest comfort, went with me everywhere and had your permanent place at my feet when we watched television in the evening. We were a top team.”
“Today you suddenly became my greatest sorrow, the most painful goodbye ever and you left me with an enormous void. No more morning kisses when you greeted me cheerfully at the top of the stairs every day, no ball was forced against my clean pants, no head was pushed under my hand. This morning it remained quiet, heartbreakingly quiet. You were the sweetest, the best, the most beautiful, the softest, the most loyal, the bravest, my everything.”
With Jim (4), a Parson Russel-Terrier, the Rupel police zone employs a second police dog. He is the smallest drug and cash dog in Belgium.