K9 Officer for SAPD

Police Dog

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13


Police DogThe Santa Ana Police Department currently employs five K9 officer teams, in which each team consists of a canine and handler. As an important member of the department, these K9 officers offer many great benefits. One of which is a large reduction in violent confrontations, which is safer for both the officer and suspect. They also provide greater efficiency in search, whereas one dog can cover an area in the same amount of time as five officers.

In addition to the benefits a K9 officer provides the department, they are also of significant importance to the citizens of Santa Ana, California. These highly trained police service dogs work daily in all aspects of community protection including; security in government buildings, school yards, drug busts, crime scene investigations, street patrol and more.


Adlerhorst International Inc..

The SAPD procures their K9 officer’s through Adlerhorst International Inc., located in Riverside, California. Since 1976, Adlerhorst has provided quality police service dogs to over 500 law enforcement agencies both Nationwide and International. They are highly regarded as one of the top, private police dog schools in the world and have introduced many state-of-the-art theories and techniques that are commonly practiced throughout the industry.


Police Service Dog Procurement.

The dogs that the SAPD receives from Adlerhorst, are originally procured in Germany, from European trainers. before transporting to the States. Through a comprehensive testing process, each dog is confirmed to have a strong genetic background, a working European title, as well as the appropriate skill sets required to be service police dog. Lastly, their hips, backs and elbows are x-rayed during a Vet screening before transporting to the States.


Academy & Continued Training.

Once procured, State law requires the canine and handler participate in a six week academy and then 20 hours of continued training per month. The initial six week academy mainly covers basic patrol. The continued monthly training involves detection and agitator classes that teach proper techniques and behavior theories.

K9 Officer Training
Police Dog Training
K9 Officer in Training



Since the recent retirement of a long-serving, SAPD K9 officer, finding a replacement has been a top priority. Funds raised for this campaign will be directly donated to the Santa Ana Police Department, exclusively for the purchase, training, and care of a new canine officer.

  • Cost of K9 Officer: $10,400
  • Six Week Academy: $4,200
  • Continued Training: $133 per Month for Dog/Handler Combo

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In Memory of….

Sultan K9 OfficerArk Animals Ministries mourns the loss of Sultan, K9 Officer for the San Jacinto Police Department, but rejoices in the knowledge that he is in a “forever home” with the Lord. well done good and faithful servant.


This photo was taken during K9 training, Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Sultan passed away on January 21, 2015, two weeks after this photo was taken.


Sweet Spartacus the Pit Bull is on the Mend!

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What has our world come to when a human being, God’s highest creation, is so deluded with false information, fear and rage that they recklessly torture and mutilate a dog? Yes, its true, the story is not even 72 hours old at this writing.

Spartacus Stabbed
Pit Bull Stabbed

At approximately 4 am on Saturday, Oct 11, 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department was notified of a dog being brutally stabbed in the Hyde Park area. Spartacus, a 2 year old, male Pit Bull, was taken to Pet Care Veterinary Center where he endured a two-hour surgery and received over 1,000 stitches! Not only was the dog deeply stabbed repeatedly, police reported he was hit over the head with a shovel. Fortunately Spartacus did not sustain any broken bones or internal injuries. And, when he recovered from anesthesia he was able to wag his tail and seek out loving hands to pet him!

Pit Bull 1000 Stitches
Pit Bull Stabbed LA

The Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate this heinous crime while Spartacus is safely sheltered by Ghetto Rescue FFoundation. The FFoundation posted this poignant statement on their Facebook page: “Spartacus did nothing wrong, except to be born as a breed hated by some. His family has loved him a long time.”

The name Spartacus comes from the name of the Greek City Sparta where the gladiators fought humans and animals for crowd entertainment. This dog Spartacus may be a big strong warrior type animal but is clearly not a mean or vicious fighter. If he were aggressive he would have fought back against his attacker.
Today, when I heard this horrible report, my heart grieved deeply. But, I know there is always a message of hope, found in God’s Word that applies to every situation. To me, this story unfolded just like King David recorded his despair in Psalm 27:11-14 (Living Bible)
11 “Tell me what to do, O Lord, and make it plain because I am surrounded by waiting enemies.”
Spartacus was surrounded and attacked by someone waiting to do him harm!
12 “Don’t let them get me, Lord! Don’t let me fall into their hands! For they accuse me of things I never did, and all the while are plotting cruelty.”
Spartacus and the Pit Bull breed is generally accused of being vicious and uncontrollable, primarily because some human owners are guilty of taunting the dogs and fostering aggressive behavior. As Cesar Milan says “ there is no suchcesar and pit bull thing as a problem breed. However, there is no shortage of ‘ problem owners’…” and “My kids are around Pit Bulls every day. In the ‘70s they blamed Dobermans, in the ‘80s they blamed German Shepherds, in the 90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the Pit Bull.”
13 “I am expecting the Lord to rescue me again, so that once again I will see His goodness to me here in the land of the living.”
Thanks to the prompt response, by the Los Angeles Police, and availability of the skilled veterinarian and staff at Pet Care Veterinary Center, Spartacus was able to hold onto life!
14 “Don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and He will come and save you! Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes, wait and He will help you.”
As the investigation continues, Spartacus is safely housed, through Ghetto Rescue FFoundation, away from his neighborhood! What a victory for Spartacus! And, what a victory for us to remember when we’re being falsely pit bull stabbed in la accused or tortured; God never wastes anything and is always showing His salvation and way out! Genesis 50:20 confirms this promise: 20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Now that Spartacus is on the mend he’s able to resume his calling of touching lives with unquestioning love and affection for many days to come!

Pastor Leslie


Rescued from the Trash

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dog rescued from trash pileWhen this Cavalier King Charles pup was rescued from the streets of Montreal, he had at first been mistaken for a pile of garbage or a plush toy that had been thrown out. He was found by the Quebec Society for the Protection of Animals. Though he was terrified of the electric razor it had to be done to ensure that he could move and dog rescued from trash pileto discover any injuries. But, as the disgustingly thick mats of fur caked with mud and rubbish were cut away, it revealed a sweet but terrified and mistreated pedigree dog underneath.
dog saved from trash pileTo read this story and see the pictures creates an ache in the heart of anyone who has compassion. But it is not just animals that are trapped living among the trash and covered in filth. In one degree or another we all struggle to survive in the midst of the rubbish and filth that have attached to us as we have journeyed through life. Sure it is not visible to the naked eye, but it is very real and corrupts our feelings and thoughts. Hidden wounds remain and fester, and all of our own efforts cannot deliver us from our situation. An outside hand with a heart of compassion is needed, and like that pup, we have fear that the process will be painful.

Dog Saved from Trash Pile
Dog Saved from Trash

In the same way a compassionate person delivered this dog, a compassionate God seeks to free us. If we will in humility give Him access to our hearts, He cleanses us and heals us. He helps us become what He intended us to be, unencumbered by the messes of days gone by. The groomer of our soul not only dog rescued from trash provides our cleansing once, but is daily attending to us as we remain in His care. For it is written, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Oogy, the Dog who Survived a Bait Dog Past

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As “Dog Heirs” reported, Oogy is an Argentinean Dog who has overcome a very traumatic past.
oogy the dogAs you can tell from the photo, he’s missing an ear and has scars all over his face. His injuries were inflicted when he was just a puppy and used as a bait dog for dog fighting. When he was found he was severely injured and left to die in a cage without food or water. Larry Levin, Oogy’s owner said, ‘Oogy had been lying in his cage for five to seven days before he was discovered by police. Levin told PeoplePets, “Nobody knows how he survived. It’s absolutely a miracle. I believe at some level he wanted to survive.”
Larry along with his twin boys, discovered Oogy when he was taking his elderly terminally cat to the vet hospital to be euthanized. When Oogy saw the boys he ran over knocking down one of the boys and smothered him with kisses. The family asked about Oogy and they were told of his oogy the dog story ordeal and the fact that he was homeless. They decided to adopt him. Since then he has deeply affected his family. He has a strong impact on everyone who meets him and is an encouragement to anyone who has come through horrendous times and situations.
Oogy reminds us of the wonderful scripture that states, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) This dog had a wonderful purpose to supply encouragement to the Levin family and far beyond.


Police Dog Mourns Master’s Loss

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Fido rests his paw on the casket of Jason Ellis in Bardstown, Ky., May 30, 2013.
jason ellis bardstownMore than 1,000 people—including hundreds of fellow police officers from surrounding states—turned out at a funeral in rural Kentucky late last week to pay their respects to Jason Ellis, a 33-year-old K-9 officer gunned down in what authorities believe was an ambush. Fido, Ellis’ police dog, was there, too, placing his paw on the closed casket—a moment captured in a heartbreaking image by photographer Jonathan Palmer.

bardstown police officerFido was not with Ellis on May 25 when he was shot multiple times while collecting debris on a highway off-ramp in Bardstown, Ky., a close-knit community of about 12,000 located 40 miles southeast of Louisville. Ellis’ slaying remains unsolved.

Dozens of fellow K-9 officers attended the funeral and, according to the Herald Leader, their dogs could be heard barking from their cruisers:

Hundreds of officers snapped to attention when the honor guard was called; the 60 or so police dogs at the ceremony barked with the sound of the guards’ 21-gun salute.Ellis, a six-year veteran of the police force, was remembered by Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin, who pledged to hunt down the killer.

“I am your chief, Jason, but you’re our hero and you need to know this chief will not stand down,” McCubbin said.” Jason, my friend, rest easy. We’ve got it from here.
jason ellis bardstown ky“Ellis is survived by his wife, Amy, and two sons: Hunter, 7, and Parker, 6.”He paid the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved, being a police officer,” McCubbin added.

Dylan Stableford of Yahoo News reported

The Joy of Ginger!

The Joy of Ginger

Ginger CookiesGinger is not only a rich, reddish brown colored, robust, aromatic spice, ginger also describes the state of being high spirited or full of pep! When I think of the spice ginger, in my mind’s eye, I immediately see warm ginger bread bathed with freshly whipped cream or, ginger spice cookies with icing. The aromatic memories waft through my brain and simultaneously stimulate my taste buds and bring back memories of long, cold winters in New England.

Ginger HorseWhen I think of the name Ginger, I recall feisty, high stepping, red headed, fillies (horses or humans) who exuded deep strength and endless energy. Gritting their teeth and tossing their manes, in the wind, they charged joyfully through life.

The Ginger we are sharing today is a lovely combination of rich color and unbridled tenacity! Her story goes like this: About a year ago, in 2014, a friend arrived at the door holding a miniscule, female, Chihuahua puppy, who had just experienced a near fatal run in with a car. Estimated to be about three months old the puppy weighed barely over one pound. On closer examination, by the veterinarian, she was diagnosed with a double hernia and other expensive medical issues that may have been the reason she was cast into the street to fend for herself.

The Joy of Ginger
Ginger the Dog
Ginger Dog

Despite of the complexity of her medical conditions, the Book family willingly underwrote the cost of her care and ongoing treatments required to restore her to complete health. Originally the Book’s intended to find a new home for this puppy but that was not what the Lord had in mind. She recovered from her surgery and wiggled her way into every heart in their home.

Ginger with Family
Ginger Laying Down
Ginger getting Hugged

Today, sweet Ginger, is the “spunky, sweet little doll that holds her own well in this crazy household.” says her forever Mom, Rhonda Book. Regardless of the difficult start little Ginger had in her early life, she recovered and lives a contented life.

Ginger and Boy
Ginger and Dogs
Ginger Kid

She is a living example of the foundational scriptures of Ark Animals Ministries; “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you…. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this , in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?” Job 12: 7-10 (NASB). God holds Ginger in His hands everyday to share a story of survival and bring great joy to a busy household.



Ark Animals Ministries thanks the Book family and so many others around the world who live by the Word of God and follow the direction of Proverbs 12:10 which says: “Good people are good to their animals” The Message Bible (MSG).

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Pastor Leslie Becker


The Restoration of Lazarus the Dog!

Lazarus Dog

lazarus dogThis is a wonderful story of the restoration of Lazarus the dog. Sadly this mixed breed pup was hit by a car and then dropped at a shelter by the owner who could no longer care for him. The shelter tried to place him in a new home but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Unfortunately, like many other animals, he was injected with euthanasia by the shelter vet. He was basically reported as deceased only to be miraculously found “a little wobbly” but fully alive the next day!

Lazarus Dog
Lazarus put to sleep

Today, thanks to the fabulous team at Two by Two Rescue in Helena, Alabama, Lazarus was placed in a new home and is now vigorously playing with his housemate Tucker, another rescue dog.

To me this story is a wonderful reminder of the passage in Jeremiah 32: 27 that says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR ME?” There is nothing too hard for God! He is in the full restoration business and proved it here through this animal. If He will do it for the dog, He is certain God Callingto do it for any of us who will call upon the Name of the Lord! Everything God creates has a purpose in this life. Isaiah 59:1 says: “Listen now! The Lord isn’t too weak to save you. And He isn’t getting deaf! He can hear you when you call!”
We have all experienced loss, despair and the fruits of our own poor choices. But, that doesn’t matter one bit to God! In Isaiah 40:28-29 we are told:love god “God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.”
If you feel kicked to the curb, broken down, busted or disgusted with your life, take heart and know that God will make a way! Just like Lazarus, we too can be fully restored to fulfill His purposes in this life!

Pastor Leslie


Dog and Goose : Unlikely Friends

Dog and Goose

Goose and DogGeraldine, a rescued goose has become best friends with Rex, a German Shepherd Dog with a troubled past. Geraldine, was introduced to Rex shortly after she arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue. It was a huge surprise to the refuge’s manager when the pair developed an unlikely friendship.
rex and geradine“At first we thought he [Rex] was chasing her [Geraldine] and they were fighting about who was boss, but she stood up for herself and that was that, they just fell for each other,” Sheila Brislin, who runs the shelter in Somerset, England, said of the dog and goose’s first encounter.
The 11-year-old Rex arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue eight years ago after he was rescued from a junkyard where he was tethered on a chain. He hadrex and the goose bitten the workers at his previous shelter and required two people to feed him safely. At the time, he was considered too dangerous and was scheduled to be put down, but instead he was saved and sent to Puriton.
Soon after Geraldine arrived, Rex calmed down dramatically reports the Mirror UK. Now the friends spend all day with one another. Rex often affectionately gives Geraldine licks and kisses, and Geraldine snuggles next to him.

German Shepard and Goose
Goose and German Shepard

Sheila says that she’s been rescuing animals for 16 years and has never seen dog and goose anything like their unusual friendship. “They snuggle down together and Rex puts his leg over her to protect her. In the morning they have breakfast together. It’s really sweet to see them.”
This is a reminder that we all have a part to play in each other’s healing. It takes loving patience that is willing to stand strong against rejection. Proverbs 17:17 states, “ A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” A true friend doesn’t walk away from those in need.

Cadence the Pitbull Teaches Us The Power Of Forgiveness

Cadence Pitbull

Cadence PitbullTo have lived is to have scars, both emotional and physical. As humans, we often use these scars to protect ourselves from further pain and shield us from the unknown. However, by allowing our scars to define us, we are held back, deprived of the ability to truly be happy. But what if we didn’t allow our to wounds paralyze us? What if we looked at our past hurts as stepping-stones and as encouragement to seek out a better life? Rather than allowing our hearts to be filled with hurt or hate, what if we chose to forgive?
When Eldad Hagar found Cadence, it was clear that she had been abused for most of her life; as her body was riddled with wounds and scars in different stages of healing.

Cadence Dog

Many of us would look at what Cadence had been through and when imagining ourselves in her place, we can’t fathom ever getting over the horrors of her past. But unlike most humans, Cadence allowed herself to be vulnerable. She recognized the comforting touch from a stranger and without hesitation; she Cadence Rescue took a chance that this stranger would bring her the love and happiness that she had never felt before. It is because she opened her heart to the unknown and let go of her past that Cadence is now living a life full of joy and love.
As rescuers, we see this time and time again: Dogs who have been abused, abandoned, or forgotten and seem broken in every way- trust the hand of rescuer, thus rising up from the ashes, learning to love again. Why is it easier for our canine friends to forgive and why do believe that we can’t? Well… Maybe it is that these dog rescue stories give us hope that we will know how to accept the second chances we long for. Or maybe dogs are destined to teach us how to live. And just maybe, if we choose to wear our scars openly, as Cadence does, it will help us show others they too can heal.

Cadence is already a therapy dog to any who will listen to her story and put into practice her method of believing in a brighter day.


Taken from an article written by Annie Hart

Lion and Dachshund : Unlikely Friends

Lion and Dachshund Friends

Lion and Dachshund


A 500-pound lion and an 11-pound dog have formed an unlikely friendship, proving that cats and dogs really can get along. Bonedigger the lion and Milo the dachshund live together at Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., along with three other dogs. The puppies were introduced to Bonedigger in 2008 when he was just a 4-week-old cub.

Lion and Dachshund

A metabolic bone disease rendered the lion mildly disabled. Park president Joe Schreibvogel – who goes by the name “Joe Exotic” – thinks the lion’s state has something to do with the connection the animals formed. “The dogs thought it was just a big puppy and have loved each other since,” he told The Today Show. “I also think they know the lion is not as normal as the rest.” Exotic says that Milo and his littermates sensed that Bonedigger was crippled, and they sought to protect him. Today, the animals cuddle, dine on raw meat together and even mimic each other.

Milo is Bonedigger’s closest friend, and he often tries to imitate the lion’s growls. He also serves as Bonedigger’s personal dentist. After the animals eat, 5-year-old Milo licks the lion’s teeth clean, and Bonedigger returns the gesture by licking the dog with a tongue nearly the size of the dog’s head. Although seeing four small dogs run around the grounds with the king of the jungle concern some visitors, Exotic says he wouldn’t dare separate the animals. “You do not ever try to take his dogs out of the yard,” Exotic said. “[It] makes him very mad. They sleep on top of him.”
Lion and Dachshund Joe Exotic

It amazes me that animals exhibit the Scriptural truth – “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.” Romans 12:10

Information gained from Mother Nature Network