Seattle Police Department’s first female “generalist patrol” police dog to retire after 7 1/2 years of service
With more than 5,000 police calls, 81 felony arrests, 23 misdemeanor arrests and more under her collar, Seattle Police Department’s K9 “Ziva” is ready for retirement this fall, as she nears her 10th birthday. In addition to her crime fighting with her partner A/Sergeant Mark Wong, Ziva has helped raise more than $40,000 over the years for local animal shelters and organizations, including the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.
Ziva broke new ground for “grrrl power” as the first female “generalist patrol” police dog — meaning a person-tracker as opposed to a detection dog that seeks out and detects drugs or other items — to work with the Seattle Police Department Canine Unit. For a few years, she was also the only female generalist patrol dog in the state of Washington. After she and Mark passed their state of Washington and Washington State Police Canine Association certification on Feb. 10, 2011, Ziva caught her first suspect on Feb. 11. From there, she built up her tracks and arrests, earning SPD Canine Unit “Team of the Year” awards in 2013 and 2014.
She also found time to be a notable K9 and community ambassador, demonstrating her tracking skills at more than 100 events in Seattle area, performing at the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show and raising money to help dogs and other animals in need. She and Mark became favorites at the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation’s annual Raining Cats and Dogs Auction in which a lucky bidder would win a K9 ride-along experience, joining Ziva and Mark on their third shift patrol.
“Ziva has had a remarkable career, and the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation is thrilled for the opportunity to recognize her contributions to Seattle both on the job as a patrol dog and her off duty ambassador work. Ziva and Mark’s dedication to the welfare of Seattle’s families, including our cats, dogs, and critters, is evident in everything they do, and makes our city a happier, healthier and safer place for everyone,” said Whitney Allen, president of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.
The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation will recognize and celebrate Ziva at the seventh annual Raining Cats and Dogs Auction on Saturday, Oct. 14. For more information or to get tickets to the event, please visit seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org.