Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, November 27, 2017

Boise Police K9 passes away after battle with cancer

Dasty 3BPD K9 Dasty passed away Friday (11/24) after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this fall. Dasty was handled by a BPD Officer at the Boise Airport and was an explosives detection K9 owned by TSA. Dasty was undergoing treatment and looking forward to an early retirement with his handler in Boise before unexpectedly passing away.  

“Dasty was a happy dog who loved his job. He would even sit by the car on his days off waiting to go to work,” said Dasty’s handler Officer Whipps. “Dasty was well loved by his airport colleagues, his family and pretty much anyone who met him.”

Dasty played an important role in keeping travelers safe at the Boise Airport.  He responded to hundreds of call outs and special assignments and was often part of the security team making sure venues and special events were safe for large crowds. Dasty worked three of the last presidential visits and even traveled out of the state to assist in other special events.

When Dasty joined the airport team, there was already another K9 named Dasty and he was soon lovingly referred to as Dasty II. Dasty II was a black and tan German Shepherd who was born in Germany in June of 2009.  He began working at the Boise airport at the age of 18 months after graduating from training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.  

On behalf of all the women and men at the Boise Police Department, Thank You Dasty for your service, you will be missed. 



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