Reprinted from SPD news release
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- The Sevierville Police Department (SPD) recently lost a member of their family, as K9 Axel passed away on August 20, 2011. Axel’s handler and partner was Sgt. David Finchum.
Axel was born March 21, 2003 in western Germany. His full name was Axel von der Stotenburg and he was a third generation Schutzhund (sport dog).
Axel was a certified drug and patrol K9 through the National Narcotic Dog Detector Association.
He worked at the department for six years, during which time he proved himself not only as being adept in drug seizure operations and suspect apprehensions, but also as a departmental ambassador at Kids Police Camps and other special events.
“Axel was a valuable member of our department, but even more importantly he will be remembered as a special member of our police family,” said SPD Chief Don Myers.
Axel’s death was attributed to an abdominal condition not uncommon to German shepherd’s.