Zulu dies P.D. Dog K-9

Zulu Passes Away at Age 13: First Darien Police K-9, Helped in Drug Cases, Arrests, Missing Persons

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It is with profound sadness that the Darien Police Department announces the passing of retired police K-9, “Zulu,” on Thursday, Aug. 27. — an announcement from Darien Police Department
K-9 Zulu’s health began to rapidly deteriorate over the last week and after significant medical consultation, his handler, Lt. Nicholas Aranzullo and his family made the extremely difficult but humane decision to end Zulu’s pain and suffering. Zulu was a jet-black German Shepherd who hailed from the Czech Republic and was approximately 13 years old upon his passing. K-9 Zulu was the first Darien Police K-9 in the history of the department.  Sworn in to service in July of 2009, Zulu had a decorated career which included commendations for narcotics investigations, criminal apprehensions, and tracking for lost or missing persons.


With K-9 Zulu Retiring, Police Look to Labrador Retriever & Possibly a 2nd Dog

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Zulu, Darien Police Department’s first police dog, is the last dog from his training class still at work, and he’s expected to retire by the end of the year. Police want to replace Zulu, a German Shepherd with a Labrador Retriever and possibly a second police dog, as well, Police Chief Duane Lovello says. “We think a Lab would be a better fit,” Lovello told the Police Commission at its last meeting, Aug. 10. “Most of the work we’re seeing right now is narcotics related.