OPP Exhume Legendary Canine Killed in the Line of Duty
NORTH BAY, ON, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - On Wednesday October 26, 2011, the
remains of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) canine - Cloud II - were
exhumed for future relocation to the OPP General Headquarters in
Orillia. The renowned OPP tracking dog was initially buried at the
former OPP district headquarters on Chippewa Street in North Bay in
1975, a building which will soon be vacated by the OPP.
Cloud II was a well-known and respected police dog. During his
four-year career with then Provincial Constable Ray Carson, they
together captured 123 fugitives. The duo even "stumped" the panel on
the popular Canadian panel game Front Page Challenge in November 1974.
Cloud II was also inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 1974
for his "unflinching courage against great odds" - praise he earned for
his daring disarming of two escaped juveniles in which he retrieved a
loaded gun and a knife from the suspects who were hiding in a fishing
Sadly, Cloud II was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 2,
1975 while tracking a wanted fugitive to a cabin about 30 kilometres
northeast of Sudbury. Considered by many to be a local hero, his
burial was attended by many North Bay citizens, including a number of
school children whom he had met during class visits with his handler.
In a fitting tribute to Cloud II, retired OPP Corporal Ray Carson,
accompanied by his son Tony, was on hand during the exhumation
"Cloud II was the first canine in the province of Ontario to be killed
in the line of duty," explains Staff Sergeant Rob McDonald. "He was a
popular police dog often visiting schools and attending public events.
We didn't want to leave him behind."
The OPP Museum is proud to continue the tradition of preserving the memory of this
exceptional dog - who persists as an image of OPP canine operations
today and whose photo continues to appear in OPP literature.
PHOTOS OF CLOUD II
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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Staff Sergeant Rob McDonald
North East Region Headquarters