He helped find the suspect in an abandoned car, Kennedy said. "He's helped us find a lot of drugs through the years, but he was more than a tool for law enforcement,” Kennedy said. "He was a partner to our officers.” In 1999, Midwest City purchased Bonzo from the Muskogee trainer. Cpl. Randy Neal was his handler for about eight years and Bonzo worked a short stint with officer Lacky Harkins, Kennedy said. Six months before his death, Bonzo was partnered with officer Jake Doles. "Everyone always knew when I was on the radio, because they'd hear him barking in the background,” Dole said. "He was an old man, but he loved the job.” The night before his death, Bonzo went out on one last patrol with Doles. Bonzo was one of two police dogs with the Midwest City Police Department. There are plans to recruit another dog, Kennedy said.
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Midwest City police Cpl. Randy Neal demonstrates how Bonzo uses his sense of smell to search a vehicle in this 2004 photo. Bonzo died Friday. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO by Paul Hellstern