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Sheriff, police chief defend handler of missing dog
by Gary Kent
Sep 01, 2014 | 1288 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. and Police Chief Joe Treviño were defending Beeville Police Department canine handler Sgt. Jason Alvarez this week.

A recent story broadcast by a Corpus Christi television station reported that the disappearance of a BPD dog from Alvarez’s back yard was not the first police canine to escape from that yard.

Treviño said he refused to confirm the disappearance of a dog named Amoc from the yard five years ago when Alvarez was handling that dog for the Bee County Sheriff’s Office.

Yet the TV station reported that the chief had confirmed the story.

“I don’t know what happened when he was working for the sheriff’s office,” Treviño said. “I’m in no position to confirm or deny what happened five years ago.”

Carrizales said he always has had faith in Alvarez’s ability. He said Amoc was a typical dog and like any dog he would escape a yard if he got a chance.

Not long after Amoc disappeared from the yard his body was found and investigators determined that Amoc probably had been hit by a car.

Police dogs are smart, highly trained and in excellent health. Carrizales hinted that if a dog of that caliber wants to get out of a yard badly enough, not much can stop him.

Treviño said he plans to take steps to see that the BPD’s dogs are kept in a more secure location.

Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers organization now is able to offer a $6,000 reward for the recovery of Irk and the arrest of anyone who might be keeping him.

The chief said Irk was last seen in the vicinity of a cemetery on East Kennedy Street on Aug. 8.

Anyone who knows of a strange German shepherd penned up could possibly claim that $6,000 reward by calling the Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers organization at 877-362-0206 or online at coastalbendcrimestoppers.com.
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