The South Lake Tahoe Police Canine Association says K9 Tara will retire on Thursday. K9 Tara turned 10 years old in March 2018. 

Her retirement will become official at the South Lake Tahoe Police Department Annual Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m. 

Sergeant Jason Cheney is K9 Tara’s handler. 

In a statement, the City of South Lake Tahoe says:

K9 Tara has served the SLTPD and the community of South Lake Tahoe extremely well and has performed in countless demonstrations for our community’s schools and groups. K9 Tara has aided in the apprehension of numerous criminals and served as the “tip of the spear” on more than one occasion, going in first to keep our Officers safe. K9 Tara’s drug seizure are too numerous to count. She has gone her entire career without a single failed deployment and has won countless awards and represented this agency competing against the best K9 teams on the west coast.