It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired Columbia Police K-9 Officer Leah. She passed away yesterday at the age of 12 from natural causes. Leah was a beloved member of our department, dedicating nine years of service to the community.
Leah was born on May 30, 2005 and served as a family pet full of energy! In October 2006, Leah began training as a K-9 officer at Moore's K-9 in Amelia, Virginia. She began her career with CPD in December 2006 working alongside her handler Detective Ron Hall in the Vice Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. Leah's energy never ceased as evident in her successful location of nearly $4.5 million's in money and drug seizures during her nine year career. At her retirement in November 2015, Detective Hall said this about Leah:
"She is incredibly smart. It's been a dream come true for me to be able to have worked with her for the last nine years. She is irreplaceable."
K-9 Officer Leah will be sorely missed as we remember her loyal service and constant friendship. Please keep Leah's handler, partner, and best friend Detective Hall in your thoughts and prayers.
May you rest in peace Leah. Thank you for your service, we'll take it from here.