ST. MARYS, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 12/06/2017 7:00 P.M.
There's a new officer at the St. Marys Police Department.
"She's young, she's only 2 years old but she's a great dog," said Officer Robert Hall, Harley's handler.
Harley arrived at the department a month and a half ago. Hall sees great potential in her.
"Some dogs you got to get them hyped up to work. Soon as you get her out of the cage she's ready to go. As long as she stays healthy and keeps that attitude we're in good shape," he said.
Harley has big shoes to fill. She's replacing Trinity, who fought crime at the department for years until she sustained an injury on the job.
"She tried to come back six months after the surgery. She was hit and miss for a while, she would work a little bit and be fine then sometimes her leg would hurt. So we decided at that point after trying a couple times we decided it's just going to hurt her too much," he said.
As a result, Trinity was forced to retire. At Tuesday night's city council meeting, she was honored with a plaque recognizing her service. She now lives with Hall and his family.
"She'll see me put on the uniform. She knows that it used to be whenever the uniform went on, it's time to go to work so she comes over and sits by the door and gets a little excited but I can't really take her with me anymore."
Harley also lives with Hall.
Update: 9/27/2016 5:00 P.M.
St. Marys Police Chief Bill Stull says, on the police department's Facebook page, K9 officer Trinity has completed medical treatments, following surgery earlier this year at a Columbus hospital.
She will return to full time active duty Saturday, October 1.
UPDATE 05/12/2016 5:33 p.m.
K-9 officer, Trinity was injured while on duty almost three months ago.
Officer Hall contacted Chief Bill Stull early Thursday afternoon and said Trinity had come out of surgery, and all had gone well.
The post says she is resting now, and officer hall will pick her up in Columbus to bring her home Friday.
Tuesday night one of the issues they discussed was the fate of k-9 officer trinity.
The K-9 was injured while on duty over two months ago, and a veterinarian advised the department to get surgery to help the animal heal.
The department has received many calls and emails from people wanting to help.
The St. Marys police department brought the matter to council Tuesday night, and a motion was passed to help pay for the procedure.
Unfortunately, city council will not be able to pay for the entire procedure, and rehabilitation will be an additional cost.
So if you would like to help, call the St. Marys police department.
7 year old Belgian Malinios trinity is a K-9 officer for the St. Marys police department about two months ago she was injured while on duty, and unfortunately things have not improved.
Trinity has been evaluated by a veterinarian, who said she may need surgery before she can get back to work.
Neither her handler, nor the department can pay for her treatment.
The budget for further treatment has to be approved by the city council.
According to her handler... Her left back leg has been hurting her for a couple of months now.
It was recommended by a veterinarian that she go to the med-vet hospital in Columbus Ohio.
Those with the St. Marys policed department say she has bonded with her handler, and has become an asset over the past 5 years.
The veterinarian they consulted said trinity is in severe pain, and the only way to relieve it is getting her the surgery she needs as soon as possible.
The department said they appreciate the community's support, and hopefully they can consult with council this Tuesday to get the matter resolved quickly, so trinity can resume her normal duties.