PMB K9 unit loses another star

2015-05-06 10:34
Jack Haskins with his dog, Butch.

Jack Haskins with his dog, Butch.

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PIETERMARITZBURG K9 unit head Lieutenant Jack Haskins was forced to say goodbye to ­another dog this week, when his Labrador-cross-pointer fell ill.

Specialising in biological body fluids detection, Butch was trained and handled by Haskins for the past 12 years and was the first of three dogs specialising in biological body fluids in the province.

Butch aided many forensic teams in solving high-profile cases as he was specially trained in finding small amounts of blood or other bodily fluids at crime scenes. He also assisted in many high-profile cases which are still under investigation.

He was the lead K9 in the investigation of a woman who had been murdered by her husband on the South Coast.

The crime scene was four years old, but Butch managed to trace a small amount of blood that had soaked into the foot of a cupboard.

He was an expert at his job and would even show indications of blood in vehicles that had undergone an auto-valet.

Butch was described as feisty and full of attitude but also so loving and affectionate

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