The Mount Dora Police Department is saddened to announce the retirement of K-9 Officer Stryker on December 2, 2017. Stryker is a 5 ½-year-old Belgian Malinois, who has been a member of the Mount Dora Police Department’s family for four years. Officer Adam McCulloch is Stryker’s handler and has been throughout Stryker’s service to the community. This amazing team has served the citizens of Mount Dora admirably.
The K9 team of Officer McCulloch and K9 Stryker are responsible for making over 140 arrests, as well as, seizing guns, cocaine, meth, heroin, marijuana and prescription pills during their tenure as a team.
Unfortunately, Stryker suffered an injury while off duty which caused him to have to undergo surgery to repair a disc in his spine.
As Stryker had turned the corner from his surgery, he suffered another setback and was diagnosed with a mass in his intestines. He had a second surgery and is now rehabilitating at home.
“I would like to thank everyone for the sincere thoughts about Stryker,” said Officer McCulloch. “Every week he has been going through physical therapy to learn how to walk and do simple things we take for granted like sitting, standing, laying down, and even running.”
After careful consideration, it was decided to retire Stryker from service on December 2, 2017. Our first concern is for Stryker’s well-being and to ensure he is able to recover and live a full life with Officer McCulloch and his family as a retired K9 of the Mount Dora Police Department.
Upon Stryker’s retirement, the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation’s (a 501.c3) K-9 Program will take on all of Stryker’s medical expenses. This will ensure Officer McCulloch and is family are not burdened with excessive costs for a K9 who has done so much for the Mount Dora community.
To learn more about this program and other programs within the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation, please go to: http://www.mountdoraheroesfoundation.com