Waldo County Sheriff's first-ever K-9 dies

'Rest in peace old friend'
Apr 02, 2019
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Neva, Waldo County's first K-9, was best-known for the many demonstrations she gave at schools and community groups with her partner and handler, Waldo County Sheriff's Deputy Merl Reed.

Belfast — The Waldo County Sheriff's Office announced March 25 the loss of "one of their own," beloved chocolate Labrador retriever Neva.

Neva served as the department's drug detection dog following her graduation from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 2006 until her retirement in 2014.

According to a Sheriff's Office Facebook post, Neva was the county's first K-9, "joining our family in July of 2006 and served alongside each of us for eight years."

Neva was best-known for the numerous demonstrations she gave to schools and groups around the county. The post goes on to say Neva was a "kind and gentle soul that touched the heart of everyone she met."

"We thank Neva for her many years of service to the citizens of Waldo County. We thank her partner, Merl Reed, for working alongside and caring for her for those eight years."

Neva spent her retirement years with Deputy Reed and his family.

"Know that we will never forget you Neva, rest in peace old friend! We have the watch from here," the post was signed by Chief Deputy Jason Trundy.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Carrie Bacon | Apr 15, 2019 13:17

Neva will be missed by many, none more than Deputy Merl Reed and his family, I imagine.  Neva was not only a partner, one of the strongest, if not the strongest bond in law enforcement, but a beloved and treasured family member as well.  Anyone that has ever had a dog likely understands and will agree that such companions become a part of your heart, a part of your family's heart.  Moreso in this case, I imagine, because Neva was also Meryl's partner in what can be a very dangerous profession.  We thank Neva for her service and dedication and bid her a peaceful, well deserved rest.  My sympathy to the Reed family.

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