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Prince George's drug dog dies

Matt Zapotosky

Prince George's County police drug dog Stormy was a bit of a workaholic. So much so that when her handler's pager went off at 2 a.m. -- alerting him to the need for his pet's stellar nose -- she herself jumped up on the bed to give him some extra encouragement to wake up.

"You got a little black lab jumping on you, it makes it a little easier to get out of bed," said Maj. Pete Eliadis, commander of the Prince George's County Police Department's Special Investigations Division and Stormy's longtime owner.

Julie Ann Kroll
Stormy. (Prince George's County Police.)

It came as somewhat of a surprise, then, when on Feb. 23, Stormy, nearly 15 years old, seemed to have trouble standing up. Old age, it seemed, had caught up to the dog responsible for more than $26 million in drug seizures and more than $2 million in asset seizures. In obvious pain, she was euthanized that day, Eliadis said.

Stormy began her career in Prince George’s in 1999, Eliadis said, as the first dog to work for the police department’s narcotics interdiction unit, a group specifically assigned to snuff out drugs before they crossed the county’s borders. In 2003, she transferred with Eliadis to the Special Operations Division, serving there as a drug dog until she retired in 2007.

On one occasion, Eliadis said, Stormy helped in the seizure of almost 900 pounds of marijuana.

“She definitely earned her keep,” Eliadis said.

And it remained that way until she died, Eliadis said. As Stormy lay on a table at the veterinarian's office, preparing to be euthanized, Eliadis said he told his dog one final time, “Find dope.” Though she could hardly move, her eyes twinkled and her ears perked up, he said.

“Her drive to play and work was just, I’ve never seen it,” Eliadis said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  March 3, 2010; 7:03 AM ET
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Comments

Police dogs are cool. I like them. Thugs & punks don't wanna mess with them. "Freeze or I'll let the dog loose!"

Posted by: uncivil | March 3, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Rest in peace faithful friend. there is no better love than that of a dog- their love and dedication is unconditional and ever constant. Service dogs deserve a special place in heaven...

Posted by: pennv | March 3, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Dogs are neater than people,dogs don't lie
and they give unconditional love. They don't care what you look like or if anyone else even likes you,they love you.
The only problem I have with the police using dogs is that they are trained too designate a find,when their handler signals them too,whether any drugs are found or not.
This allows the police to enter your home or search your car,because they claim the had probable cause when the dog responded to drugs. And if the police don't find anything illegal in their search,they just claim the dog keyed off on a location where drugs had been stored recently or some other lame excuse. Seen it done.

Posted by: claygooding | March 3, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Rest in peace, sweet girl.

Posted by: JulyAugust | March 3, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

People are the worst.

Posted by: uncivil | March 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Dog Gone!!

R.I.P. Stormy.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | March 3, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Cute dog.

But the "War on Drugs" is still an atrocity.

Posted by: targusowlkiln | March 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Stormy, as long as you're in heaven, will you say hi to all the wonderful dogs I've loved and lost?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 3, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your service Stormy. RIP.

Posted by: wewintheylose | March 4, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Aww Poor buddy. RIP Stormy and thanks for your service.

Posted by: j0nx | March 4, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

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