The family of Sgt. Greg Adkins and a medical team said good-bye last week to Tipp City’s third police dog, Gitta, who served the community from 2008-2016.
Gitta was retired last year for some time of “just being a dog,” Adkins, her handler, said at the time she stepped aside after being deployed more than 900 times in her career. He purchased her for $1 at retirement and Gitta continued to live with his family.
Adkins said Gitta began experiencing problems associated with a ruptured spleen from a tumor about a week before her passing. Despite efforts of her medical team of Dr. Johnna Smith, Dr. Martin English and Dr. Erin Kalo, the decision had to be made for Gitta’s transition, he said.
Gitta was purchased at age 2 in 2008 and went into service with the Police Department in November of that year.
Gitta assisted not only the Tipp City Police Department but also the United States Marshal’s Service and numerous police agencies on calls such as tracking fleeing suspects, narcotics sniffs, search warrants and article search for evidence.
She was deployed 941 times in her career, seized 4.5 pounds of heroin, 1,244 pounds of marijuana, 5.3 pounds of cocaine, 1.7 pounds of methamphetamines and more than 2.5 ounces of illegal narcotic prescription pills.
Adkins said Gitta searched more than 12,000 motor vehicles, 62 homes and 21 hotels and had 42 apprehensions out of 92 tracks of fleeing suspects. He said her efforts also resulted in 112 guns being taken off the streets from vehicles and that she conducted more than 90 school searches with other agencies.
“Due to the hard work of Gitta, more than 600 misdemeanor and 400 felony criminal charges were filed,” he said when she retired.
Tipp City now is served by police dog Bob, who is handled by Officer Darren Soutar.
The Tipp City Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office are the only agencies in the county with K9 units.
Adkins said he also wanted to express thanks to Baird Funeral Home, Troy, for donating cremation services and return of Gitta’s ashes to his family.