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K-9 Rico

Officer R.A. Dunn & K-9 Rico
Officer R.A. Dunn & K-9 Rico

"Rico and I had a unique search technique which basically meant, I told him to find the 'boom boom', and he did." --Officer Tony Dunn

Breed: Belgian Malinois
Birthplace: Holland
DOB: May 1996
Commands in: Dutch

Retired: August 2003
Tour of Duty: 5 1/2 years
EOW: Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Age: 8 years old

K-9 Rico was known as the "Black Lab on Steroids." He conducted explosive sweeps for all the large graduations held in W-S, for several dignitaries such as President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, Colin Powell, Al Gore, Marine One and several locations where the dignitaries held their conferences or speeches.

K-9 Rico assisted in apprehending numerous criminals on tracks and building searches, recovered countless pieces of valuable evidence, and conducted many demonstrations for schools, public groups, and other K9 units.

Officer R.A. Dunn & K-9 Rico

"I think of Rico every day. These are the only partners that you will never hear complain or would cause a handler to ever think twice about having a back-up." --Officer Tony Dunn

Rico was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer in August of 2003. After a long and hard fight with the disease, Rico passed away on June 23, 2004.

On April 17, 2004, the Board of Directors for the Franklin & Peabody Morykwas Fur Ever Friends Adoption & Outreach Center (FFAOC) unanimously voted to pledge up to $1500 in matching funds to help with Rico’s medical care. Through raffles and generous donations, FFAOC was able to raise money for Rico's chemotherapy treatments. Even after his death, the RICO FUND is still helping animals in need of severe and expensive medical treatment.

To learn more about the fund and FFAOC, please visit their web site. The link is an external web site and will open in a new window.

Fur-Ever Friends Rico Fund

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