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Kingsville federal police agent wants his dog, former K9 partner back

Brian Buchanan of Kingsville is on a mission to get his dog back after Endy, an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, ran away while startled by New Year’s Eve fireworks and is now in the care of a rescue group.

“I know it’s going to happen,” Buchanan said about getting his dog back. “It’s going to happen. I know it is.”

His Facebook post has hundreds of shares and comments, most of them demanding that the organization American Belgian Malinois Rescue return the dog to Buchanan.


Posted by Retired Police Canine Foundation on Friday, January 18, 2019

ABMR refuses to do so, saying Buchanan didn’t take good care of the dog. Buchanan denies those accusations and says he has the veterinarian documentation to prove it.

“I know one of the things they’re complaining about is teeth,” Buchanan said. “As a working dog, these teeth get ground down. He’s been to the dentist. He’s had root canals done. I mean, what dog gets a root canal?”

Endy is microchipped, but the Kingsville City Manager says there was a problem when animal shelter staff checked him for one.

“In this specific case, it’s my understanding that the aggressive behavior of the dog did not allow staff to thoroughly analyze for the chip,” Jesus Garza said.

ABMR took Endy from the shelter soon after the three day waiting period required by state law ended. That was after the shelter put the dog on it’s euthanization list. Where the dog is now is unclear.

“I was told he’s in a safe place receiving some vet care,” Buchanan said. “They would not tell me where he was at.”

While that’s frustrating to Buchanan and dozens of people on social media, Garza credits ABMR with saving Endy’s life.

“We’re very grateful for the rescue group, because if it weren’t for them, this dog would have actually been put down,” Garza said.

Buchanan is grateful too, but he’s ready to be reunited with his partner on a federal police force for six years and now simply a loving pet.

“I know the rescue group is looking out for the dog’s best interest,” Buchanan said. “His best interest is being home with us.”

Seth Kovar

Seth Kovar

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