Denver sheriff K-9 Taylor retires after 7 years

Denver Sheriff Department K-9 Taylor. (Photo: Denver Sheriff Department)

DENVER -- The Denver Sheriff Department's K-9 Taylor retired Wednesday after nearly seven years.

Taylor joined the department as a partner for deputy Patrick Hynes in November 2012. Taylor was trained in detecting explosive odors.

Taylor and Hynes also assisted other jurisdictions over the years in the Denver metro area, and the K-9 was a representative at several community events.

"Tay Tay has been one of the best partners I will ever have, but it's time for her to rest and enjoy her life," Hynes said. "She's a member of my family and will continue to live with us."

Taylor is a chocolate Labrador who was born on May 26, 2010. She came to the sheriff department from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

"I'm not a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and told him that on webpage, but I am a fan of his," Hynes said of the foundation.

"It’s very awesome the things he does for law enforcement and still does to this day. Any place they go on an away game, he supplies a dog for that state."

Taylor received certificates from the Denver Sheriff Department and the Front Range Explosives Detection Team. She also got a pin from Mayor Michael Hancock.

Taylor was originally being trained as a service dog, but that didn’t work out.

“She kept wanting to sniff things out," Hynes said.

She was then tested to be a bomb-sniffing dog and was the perfect match.

“Knock on wood, we never found any explosives during her time. But some of our high-detail callouts we were a part of [include the] Arapahoe High School shooting, the Walmart shooting in Thornton," Hynes said.

"We’ve also done positive things: Dalai Lama’s visit to Boulder, Supreme Court justices in town, former presidents, current presidents. All kinds of things I never thought I’d be a part of. It’s been very cool."

Taylor will be replaced by a Belgian Malinois named Karma. She was found abandoned in a Castle Rock neighborhood. Hynes adopted her and is training her to be a bomb-sniffing dog.

"She is going to be a rock star," he said.

Karma has big shoes to fill. Hynes said Taylor was the best dog he could have asked for.

"When it was time to mellow out, she’d mellow out. When it was time to go to work, she was awesome," he said.

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