HOQUIAM, Wash. - City Council last night adopted a proclamation honoring police dog Enno, after his cancer diagnosis and retirement last year. Enno has worked for the nearly 8 years with partner Sgt Jeff Salstrom until he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor behind his eye late last year.
The Proclamation states "the Mayor and the City Council of the City of Hoquiam, Washington, do hereby recognize and honor “Enno” for his service to the Citizens of Hoquiam and gratefully authorize his retirement from service.
Sgt Salstrom posted the following update to facebook on Enno's 10th birthday, January 8th.
"Hi all! This is Jeff, Enno's partner. Today is Enno's 10th Birthday! Thanks you all of your help and support, we made it. Enno had a good Christmas with the family.
Unfortunately over the New Year, his cancer rapidly spread. I wasn't sure he was going to make it to today, but after his treatment last Thursday, he seems to be doing a little better.
It is apparent he only has a very short time left, but he is a fighter. He spends a lot of time laying on the couch but he still has a good appetite and likes going on short walks. Again, thank you to everyone for your support, particularly Troy and Jen.
I also want to give thanks to Dr. Lisa Parshley at the Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center. She came to us with an offer to help and some unique ideas which have given us more time together.
I also want to give a big thanks to my beautiful wife, Jessica, for supporting us and taking care of Enno when I'm working."
Following KBKW’s story on Enno, private citizens Troy and Jennifer Osiadacz teamed with friends and family to raise funds to help pay for Enno's treatment, and possibly extend his life.
WHEREAS, “Enno” commenced his many years of service to the City of Hoquiam when he was selected as a Police Services Dog for the Hoquiam Police Department in November 2005; and
WHEREAS, “Enno” was first partnered with then Officer Jeff Salstrom at the Landheim Canine Training Center in Dyer, Indiana for six weeks of intensive canine training; and
WHEREAS, after returning to Hoquiam, Officer Salstrom and “Enno” spent the next several months completing the state required training and testing to successfully achieve Washington State Police Canine Association Accreditation in March 2006; and
WHEREAS, only two days after certification, “Enno” made his first arrest as a commissioned police officer by capturing a burglary suspect hiding in the Sears store at the South Shore Mall; and
WHEREAS, during “Enno’s” career, with now Sergeant Salstrom, together they made a total of 57 suspect captures in a total of 137 applications- which included not only tracking suspects, but also locating and recovering evidence; and
WHEREAS, in one such evidence application, “Enno” tracked a suspect’s flight from an armed robbery to a discarded ski mask which was later linked by DNA to a suspect who was subsequently convicted of the crime; and
WHEREAS, as a cross-trained narcotics detection canine, “Enno” was responsible for locating over three pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of heroin and his largest single find of 14 pounds of marijuana in one traffic stop; and
WHEREAS, in addition to the work on the street, “Enno” was a regular guest in schools, local events and area canine demonstrations where his easy manner and friendliness was appreciated by all; and
WHEREAS, in October 2012 it was discovered “Enno” was stricken with an inoperable cancerous tumor which ended his career and will likely end his life;
NOW THEREFORE, the Mayor and the City Council of the City of Hoquiam, Washington, do hereby recognize and honor “Enno” for his service to the Citizens of Hoquiam and gratefully authorize his retirement from service.
Adopted by the Mayor and City Council on January 14, 2013.