HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Hoover Police department announce the passing of K-9 Officer Hans. In a statement the department released, they said,
It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we announce the passing of one of our retired K-9s, Hans. Hans passed away on November 10th due to an illness.
Hans began his working career with “Seeing Eyes for the Blind”. Due to his amazing drive, the ATF selected Hans to go through their training program in 2006. He worked there until Hoover PD acquired him in 2007. He served the Hoover community for over a decade, and was always happy to go to work with Officer Lee Love.
Officer Love shared: “He had been my partner for 11 years. He was an amazing K9 that built a reputation as one of the best explosive detection dogs in the state. We worked 2 Super Bowls, pro baseball games, NASCAR at Talladega, every Alabama home football game for 8 years, did searches for Presidents, Vice Presidents, Supreme Court Judges, Dalai Lama and every VIP that came to the city of Hoover or surrounding area. While execution of criminal search warrants, he found evidence that has put 3 bad guys into Federal Prison. Besides all of this, Hans was a loving dog that was so gentle with everyone he met. There will never be another like him. I will miss my puppy.”
We will never forget Hans and he will forever be in our hearts. Thank you for your service, Hans. Good boy, job well done. Rest in peace, we’ll take the Watch from here.
Officer Hans began their position July 2007 at the age of two.