Salina Police are remembering a K-9 who has passed away. According to the agency, police dog Karma was suffering from kidney disease.
Karma began her service in 2012 and served an over 8 year career providing services to the citizens of Salina. She worked with K-9 Officers Gary Hanus, Kyle Tonniges and most recently Austin Baker.
To Karma’s credit, she participated in hundreds of police activities yearly, including patrol enforcement, narcotics detection, community events, school and community demonstrations, tracking wanted and missing persons, and protecting the safety of others. In her career, she took 18-illegal guns off of the street and conducted over 15-successful tracks. She was also responsible for the seizure of over 200-pounds of marijuana, 9-pounds of methamphetamine, over 270-illegal prescription-narcotics, and over $420,000 in drug-related currency.
Her mere presence de-escalated numerous offenders from potential assault behavior against officers and citizens alike. Like many K-9 partners, she assured the safety of her handler-partners on a daily basis.
In the words of her longest and most recent handler, Officer Austin Baker, “Hardest day of my career today. I had to say goodbye to my K9 partner Karma. We recently found out Karma had kidney disease and was in kidney failure. Some may think she was just a dog, but I’ve spent thousands of hours with ‘just a dog’. I’ve spent more time with Karma in the last several years than I have with my family. I loved working with Karma and it will be a difficult transition for me to work without her!”.
Karma’s End of Watch was January 9th, 2021. The agency says “rest in peace Karma and much appreciation and love for your service to our community.”