Shelton police dog retires; Helped catch many dangerous suspects

The Shelton Police Department police dog, Jager, has retired from service.

K-9 Jager came to the department in 2008, partially through a donation from People’s United Bank. The dog was paired with his partner, Shelton police officer Christopher Nugent.

Jager was an asset to the department and assisted several local, state and federal agencies during his career, according to Shelton police officials.

“K-9 Jager was an effective tool for law enforcement during major investigations in Shelton and other jurisdictions,” stated a department press release.

“K-9 Jager and his handler proved to be an effective team by combining officer Nugent’s law enforcement awareness and K-9 Jager’s willingness to work," according to the release.

Successful tracks and apprehensions

During his time on the force, Jager assisted in about 75 successful tracks and apprehended as many as 15 dangerous suspects.

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Nugent and Jager also were active in the community. The pair was known to visit area schools and attend local functions and programs.

Jager is a German shepherd and his name means “hunter” in German.

Will be new K-9 and new handler

The department plans to get another K-9 soon. Due to Nugent’s recent promotion to the rank of detective, a new handler also will be selected.

Anyone who would like to donate to the Shelton Police Department’s K-9 program can do so by sending a check to the Shelton Police Department, 85 Wheeler St., Shelton, CT 06484. Checks should be made out to “City of Shelton Special K-9 Account.”