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Marlboro Police Lose a Loyal K-9 and Friend

Vaik was one of the first K-9 dogs in Marlboro Township.

The Marlboro Police Department lost one of their own early in September, when one of their first K-9 dogs died after a battle with Degenerative Myelopathy, a nerve  disorder that has caused him to lose feeling first in his back legs and then progressively up his body.

Vaik was handled and owned by Officer Joe Chaplinski, who began the K-9 program in 2002 with Officer Joe Armineo.

Vaik, a German Shepard, trained in narcotics and was responsible for hundreds of service calls, including one during which he sniffed out 10 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of a car.

When Vaik was retired in 2010, Chaplinski took ownership of his partner and officially brought him into his family, taking care of all of the dog's medical needs.

In an interview with Patch last year, Chaplinski said taking on Vaik's needs was never a question. To Chaplinski, Vaik was an added officer on the force.

"That’s my boy, he’s my kid. The bond between a handler and a dog is forever.”

So Much to Say September 19, 2012 at 12:08 AM
My deepest sympathies for your loss. May Vaik RIP.
melanie ringel September 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM
What a beautiful boy! So sorry for your loss.
Chris September 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I'm in the business of caring for dogs and I walk a German Shepherd 5 days a week and have for the past 3 years. From experience I can tell you that the German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent, hard working, and loyal of dog breeds. They really are the ultimate service dog and are not happy unless they have a job to do. Their instinct to help and to protect man is at the top in the animal world. So sorry for the loss of Vaik. He had the best life doing what he was bred to do. Chris of Chris's Dog Care Service http://www.chrissdogcareservice.com
john cohn September 24, 2012 at 09:37 AM
Lord , please accept the humble and loyal creature into your eternal kingdom .Amen
ANA R September 24, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Rest in peace . Always remember him.. What a beautiful dog...

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