Dante, a beautiful Belgian Malanois, became Corporal Kevin Lehan's partner in January 2000 and remained so until Dante’s retirement in September 2005. Dante was trained in both patrol work and narcotics detection.
During his career, Dante was deployed in a patrol capacity 176 times with 47 canine-assisted apprehensions. In his capacity as a narcotics detection canine, Dante was deployed 210 times and alerted to the odor of narcotics 198 times. Dante was responsible for the seizure of $554,140 in cash and more than 625 pounds of narcotics.
Corporal Lehan’s most memorable patrol deployment occurred when Dante located a DUI and felony evasion suspect hiding in an attic. A struggled ensued and both Dante and the suspect fell through the ceiling to the first floor. Dante held on and the suspect was taken into custody.
Corporal Lehan’s most memorable narcotic detection deployment came on a traffic stop when Dante alerted to the exterior of a vehicle. The subsequent search of that vehicle revealed $271,380 in narcotics-tainted currency.