Raytown Police K-9 laid to rest after serving department with distinction

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Raytown Police K-9 Aik von der Berger-Ranch, or "Aik", was laid to rest on Wednesday due to deteriorating health. (Courtesy: Raytown Police Department)

RAYTOWN, Mo. — Police K-9 Aik von der Berger-Ranch, also known as “Aik,” wasted no time helping authorities solve crimes after beginning his service with the Raytown Police Department in August of 2003.

On just his second day of duty, Aik and his handler, Michael Klein, assisted Jackson County authorities as well as the DEA and ATF in detecting 185 pounds of marijuana hidden in crates that had an estimated street value of $120,000.

Aik would eventually receive the department’s Distinguished Service Award and was decommissioned from service after six-and-a-half years of service. The department announced on Wednesday that Aik was euthanized due to deteriorating health conditions.


Aik pictured helping with one of many narcotics detections he assisted with during his service with the Raytown Police Department (Courtesy: Raytown Police Department)

The department indicated in a news release that he was surrounded by family and friends when he was laid to rest.

Aik turned 12 years old last November and was brought over to the United States from Germany in March of 2003. As a Police K-9, he was trained in narcotic detection, building search, obedience control and aggression control according to the department.

In addition to the police work that he assisted with, Aik also participated in many public demonstrations across the metro area. Aik was placed in Klein’s care after retiring from the force.

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