Vale, GD dog Tyson
We were heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of CS Dog Tyson on Friday.
Many of you would know Tyson’s handler Scott from our public events with PADD dog Thommo. They participated in demonstrations at the EKKA and most recently in the #PuppyLove event on Valentine’s Day in the Queen Street Mall.
Most of our handlers have both a PADD dog and a general duties dog, and Tyson was Scott’s other partner.As a loyal and fearless friend, Tyson played a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of the Brisbane Women’s and Wolston correctional centres since he graduated in 2013.
We do not often get to publicly acknowledge the work GP dogs do because of their nature and training, but they help our officers every day by just being there.
Tyson assisted staff to resolve volatile protest situations many times, including just two days before his passing by helping to resolve an incident in a secure unit.
This message from Scott sums it all up:
“The life of a Dog Handler has many highs and lows.
Thommo and I had the highest of days on Thursday at the fund raising event for Hummingbird House to the lowest of days on Friday with the very sad passing of our best mate GP dog Tyson.
You will be missed by us all.
Our deepest condolences to Scott and his family at this very sad time.
Rest easy, Tyson. We’ll hold the line from here.
Your shift is covered.