Meet Kirby!

This week, we are proud to introduce you to Kirby! Kirby is named after K-9 “Kirby," a single purpose narcotics detection dog that served with the Bensalem Township Police Department in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.  

K-9 Kirby chose her human partner through a company based out of Sanford, NC. She began training in January of 2007 and began her career on the street in March of 2007. K-9 Kirby spent her entire career at the Bensalem Township Police Department in Bensalem, PA from 2007 – 2014. K-9 Kirby spent her entire career assigned to the DEA Task Force in Philadelphia, PA. During that time K-9 Kirby worked with the DEA, FBI, ATF, DHS, USPIS, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and the Philadelphia Police Department.

K-9 Kirby had over 4000 deployments in her career resulting in the seizure of over $105 million in narcotics and Drug tainted currency. K-9 Kirby was responsible for the seizure of over 240 kilograms of cocaine, 50 kilograms of heroin, 5 tons of Marijuana, and $15 million in currency.

In 2012, the American Kennel Club granted K-9 Kirby the Award for Canine Excellence/Law Enforcement Division during the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Dog Show. In 2013, She was also honored by the German Shepherd Dog of America on their 100 year anniversary. K-9 Kirby now spends her retirement days lounging with two other dogs at the house. K-9 Kirby passed away on March 16th of 2019. During her retirement, she enjoyed camping and hanging out with her family. Even at 13 years old she still acted like a working dog and loved playing with her tennis ball.

Kirby was named in collaboration with @Project K-9 Hero, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to our nation’s retired Military Working Dogs and Police K-9 Heroes