After suffering major injuries from a fall that occurred during a training exercise on April 15, Petaluma Police Department K9 Rico will not be able to return to duty as a police dog. Instead, he will retire and live with his handler, Officer Mike Page. The Police Department said it has greatly appreciated the generous donations from the community, which have helped to ensure that Rico received proper surgical care and treatment. Remaining funds donated will go toward Rico's required physical therapy and rehabilitation. Page said he is extremely appreciative of the overwhelming support he has received from the community and the department. "I am so proud to have Petaluma be the city where I work and live," said Page. "The caring, encouragement and support shown to me by the administration, Chief Patrick Williams and the department were incredible." Page said that Rico is currently undergoing physical therapy and rehabilitation, and is able to stand and walk with some assistance from Page.
K9 Rico to retire
In Novemeber of 2009 through January 2010 Petaluma Police Officer Clay Begrin took individual portraits of the personnel at the Petaluma Police Department. This image is of Officer Mike Page's K-9, Rico.