A Very Good Boy Retires

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Officer Eros to enjoy civilian life

By Toni Stauffer

Officer Sam Oshel has been the handler of Canine Officer Eros, a German Shepherd, for the past six years, since June 2013. Originally from Holland, Eros worked in Europe before coming to Phenix City where he has worked narcotics and has been an excellent tracker. But at nine years old, his hips aren’t what they used to be.

Now, for the price of one dollar, Oshel is taking Eros home for good where he will take care of him as family. The department presented Eros with a large basket packed full of delicious dog treats and fun toys. Excited by his gifts, Eros shoved his face into the basket.

His replacement in the department is a black Shepherd-mix named Ilsa, from the Czech region of Eastern Europe. She is a one-and-half-year-old dog and she graduated from the Auburn Detection Center.



Ilsa was injured on Monday during a search. She is expected to return to work in a few days. Officer Oshel and Ilsa lost their footing at the top of a steep embankment and Ilsa fell down the embankment landing in a pile of debris.

“We took her to Auburn,” said Chief Smith. “She has minor injuries to her face and paws.”

The PCPD brings new dogs in every four to five years and has a cooperative with Columbus where they work together with the dogs.

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were Robert Isabel, handler of seven-year-old Ralph, a bomb dog who is also a graduate of Auburn, along with a Muscogee County canine officer.

Chief Ray said the PCPD brings new dogs in every four to five years and has a cooperative with Columbus where they work together with the dogs.