Police dept mourns loss of K-9 Wess | SeacoastOnline.com
Our sympathies go out to Officer Scott Pearl and the Portsmouth Police.
Portsmouth police K-9 Wess, shown with his handler Scott Pearl in this file photo, was put to sleep Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Elizabeth Dinan file photo
January 19, 2011 11:55 AM
PORTSMOUTH — After a short career of tracking crime suspects, sniffing out drugs and bridging the police department to the community, 5-year-old police K-9 Wess died Tuesday after suffering from an intestinal disorder.
Wess was the sidekick and partner of Officer Scott Pearl and the pair was repeatedly honored by the Working Dog Foundation.
“He’s devastated,” Chief Lou Ferland said about Pearl losing his police partner. “They ran together every morning and spent almost every waking moment together. I’ve been around a lot of police dogs and this dog would definitely not have hesitated to defend Scott if someone tried to attack him.”