Slain Shelby officer’s K-9 gets new life, home

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SHELBY, N.C. — Several weeks after Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen, 38, was shot and killed, his K-9 partner, Ciko, has found a new home.

Ciko, who is trained in narcotics and tracking, will retire with Howard Young, the man who trained him as a puppy.

“We are trying to integrate him into becoming part of my family. Right now, he has bonded very closely with me, and that’s been a process that has taken a few weeks now,” Young said, according to WSOC.

The transition from a police dog into a family pet is expected to be tough and expensive, so Young is receiving help from a local pet store to give Ciko a comfortable retirement.

“It’s not that he doesn’t have enough now, it’s just that he deserves more,” RollOver Pets owner Jennipher Harrill said. “(He needs) some open space to run free; we need to build a fence for him. He needs a larger kennel. He’s no longer out and about like he’s accustomed to so he needs a larger safer kennel for him to be in.”

Officer Brackeen was shot by Irving Fenner Jr., 23, on Sept. 10 while he was searching for Fenner, who was wanted on outstanding warrants. Nearby officers heard the gunshots and found Brackeen with a wound to the chest. He died at Carolinas Medical Center several days later.

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