Dr. Don Lutton of Newburgh, Indiana has spent the past five years caring for Rydr, a 10-year-old Slovakian Shepard, completely free of charge. His handler is Evansville District Sgt. Kevin Brown.
“I thought, ‘I really appreciate the work that the state police, the county and the city (departments) do, and I want to do something for them in return. I decided I was just going to claim Rydr as my project,” Lutton said as he received the award from state police at his office. “We’ve done that over the years, and he’s been a good dog. We were a little bit leery at first at what (caring) for a trained dog like that would be (like), but it has turned out that as long as we don’t say certain words, it’s fine.”
In November 2013, Rydr retired from active service, ending a seven-year stint working for the police. He continues to live with Brown at his home, and Lutton continues to treat him.