In only the second celebration of life service held for an HPD K9 officer, 17 four-legged colleagues of Sita, known in the department as “the greatest dog ever,” paraded reverently by her ashes, each awarded with the traditional Milk Bone treat.
“It was a very good turnout,” Sita’s partner, Narcotics Officer and K9 handler Kristin Uhlin, said. “A lot of people were very impressed with the number of pictures put out of Sita and the number of awards she won. Instead of a wall of honor, we brought in all of the HPD K9s.”
Available for sale were specially designed Sita masks (COVID masks) and the department’s first-ever K9 challenge coin depicting Uhlin’s late partner. The masks sold for $25, the coin for $10 with proceeds going to the K9 benefits provided by Assist the Officer.
Uhlin said there were a few that went unsold. The leftover facemasks and coins will be available for purchase at the first floor, front desk at the HPOU.
Sita was euthanized on June 1 after suffering a possible seizure. She was eight days short of her 15th birthday, making her the oldest K9 in the department.
Tom Hayes, ATO Chair, led a list of speakers that included retired K9 Handler, Gary Doyle. Uhlin thanked a long list of people that included strangers that sent her cards and gifts after learning of the demise of the beloved K9.
She looked forward to an upcoming announcement regarding a Life Flight plan for the emergency rescue of law enforcement K9s injured in the line of duty. Donations to Assist the Officer can still be made in Sita’s honor.