When “Hutch,” retired from the ranks of the Boynton Beach Police Department in 2014, the Belgian Malinois left crime fighting to the department’s other K-9’s and went to live with his police handler, Officer Mark Sohn.
Hutch died on Saturday at the age of 13, and the department posted the tribute video below on Facebook recalling Hutch’s storied career: He was part of the apprehension of more than 200 criminal suspects from 2007 to 2014, an accomplishment that was noted by news organizations across the country, including the New York Post. In addition to recalling some of the arrests Hutch was involved in, the video notes that Sohn and Hutch won first place in the 2012 South Florida Police K9 Competition, and participated again the next year.
Click here to see Hutch at his retirement ceremony during happier times.
As an aside, Hutch’s breed, the Belgian Malinois, is a favorite for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA, and in the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) K-9 Hall of Fame of dogs now retired, the breed is well represented by “Arno,” “Chico,” “Eric,” “Joey,””Ranon,” “Mark,” and “Zoltan.”