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For three weeks in November, Jack in the Box and its staff raised money in memory of Beau, a former member of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit, and on Thanksgiving word came in that not only had the goal been met, but it had been exceeded by at least $500. That achievement was celebrated yesterday, December 4th, at the Jack in the Box in Farmersville.
On November 1st, dog paws began to go up in Jack in the Box restaurants in and around Tulare County as people donated – often a dollar at a time – in memory of Beau. Staff at the restaurants set goals for themselves, determined to raise as much money as they could for the team, and soon the dog paws were covering walls.
On December 4th, the K9 Unit, other members of the Sheriff’s Department, and Jack in the Box staff celebrated the completion of their goal. There were demonstrations by the team, as dogs navigated their way through an agility course, searched containers to find individuals, and even sniffed out substances they had been trained to find that were hidden in Jack in the Box food containers. The most popular demonstration was the “bite suit” and “bite sleeve”. A member of the team put on the suit and other handlers released their dogs as bystanders watched and applauded as the suit wearing deputy was apprehended. The owners of the local restaurants, Fred and Kellie Gibby, that had participated by slipping on a bite sleeve and assisted in the demonstration as agitators.
During the event, Jack in the Box presented a check for the total amount, $21,586, was presented to Sheriff Boudreaux, and in return plaques were given to the Gibbys, as well as two others who had donated to the K9 Unit.
The Sence Foundation also received a plaque in recognition of their continued support of the K9 Unit and of the Sheriff’s Department. The Sence Foundation has donated canines Kayo and Kaytu as well as given assistance to other units of the Sheriff’s Department.
Bill Campbell was another one of those individuals who was recognized. His donation provided a bulletproof vest for canine Kaytu. Campbell did so in memory of his beloved German Shepard, Woody. The love between dog and owner was described by Bill’s daughter as “a bond like no other I have seen between a man and his dog”, and it was clear to all who saw them that the pair was inseparable. “There’s no way to repay woody for the love, honor and loyalty he gave to me, but I would like to donate a k9 vest to deputy Corey Evans and K9 partner, Kaytu in honor of my best friend, Woody”, he had said.
In February of 2011, a canine named Beau began his training for the Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit. Beau and his handler, Deputy Carrillo, spend months focusing on bonding, obedience, searching, apprehending, and protection training. Six months later they passed the certification test with flying colors and the pair began their work in the communities of Tulare County.
During their first month on the job together, Beau apprehended his first subject, an armed and dangerous felon parolee at large – the first of sixteen total apprehensions during his career.
In August of 2013, Beau became a certified “cross trained” dog after completing a course in narcotics detection. That specialized training helped make Beau more of an asset to his team and his community.
During Beau’s years with the department, the team participated in three K9 Competitions – once in the Sierra K9 Trials, and twice in the Kingsburg K9 Trials. In 2012, Beau received the “Agitator’s Choice” award at the Sierra Trials, as well as first place overall in the novice category in Kingsburg. In 2013, they took the “Agitator’s Choice” award in Kingsburg, the last happy highlight of Beau’s career.
In late November 2013, Beau began to have medical problems. While working in the London/Traver area, he suffered from a violent and unexpected seizure on duty. During a trip to the veterinarian’s office Deputy Carrillo was told that Beau was most likely epileptic, and that with medication he would be back to normal within a few weeks.
Weeks went by and Beau continued to have violent seizures, as well as problems with his coordination and obeying commands. That led to another veterinarian visit in December where the team received devastating news – Beau had a brain tumor and would not get better. On December 19th, the difficult decision to put Beau to rest was made, and his watch ended. When his time with the team came to an end, Beau died peacefully, surrounded by his handler and other members of the K9 Unit who came together to support him and Deputy Carrillo in one of the most difficult times dogs and their handlers face.
The death of a canine partner, while not nearly as well document as the death of their human counterpart, has a significant impact on the handler, their teammates, and their family. Deputy Carrillo eventually left the K9 Unit for another assignment instead of taking on another canine partner, and the team began the process of filling in the gaps left by the pair, but Beau was never forgotten.
In October of 2014, the Sheriff’s Department teamed up with Jack in the Box to raise money in memory of Beau to bring in three new canines for the team. Jack in the Box had previously done two similar fundraisers for other police departments with great success, and together a goal of $21,000 was set.
Sheriff Boudreaux would like to thank Jack in the Box for hosting this fundraiser, as well as other donors, and all who participated in and around Tulare County to help raise this money. The department is currently looking into the process of purchasing new dogs, which should be completed after the first of the year.