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K9 Heroes

Sgt. Steve Oliveira & K9 Angus

  Sgt. Steve Oliveira joined the department in 1994 and has been the Supervisor of the K9 Unit since 2006. His partner Angus was a German Shepherd who was born in July of 2000 and imported from Czechoslovakia. Angus was a very vocal, high energy dog that loved nothing more than to come to work with his handler. You could hear Angus coming from a mile away as he rode with his head out the back window.

Angus’ favorite activity at home was playing with the family’s Jack Russell Terrier, Cody, whom he took the role of big brother to. After Angus’ retirement, he enjoyed relaxing at home with Sgt. Oliveira’s family. K9 officer Angus was responsible for the apprehension of numerous suspects, making officer’s jobs safer and communities safer for the citizens of Sacramento.

Angus, passed away on April 1, 2011 and is interred at Sierra Hills Pet Cemetery in the Garden of Valor section with more than 50 other police and service K9’s.

East Lawn provides burials for all area Police K9's free of charge.



K9 Bodie

  K9 Bodie was born March 27th, 2008 in Bergen, Germany as Ibo an der Langen Furt. In 2010, he came to the United States and was partnered with Officer Randy Van Dusen to become a police dog for the Sacramento Police Department. He quickly certified as a patrol and narcotics detection K9 and made a name for himself on the streets as a hardworking and loving police dog. After a short time on patrol Bodie became a trusted and reliable SWAT K9 and earned the respect of all who worked with him.

On May 18th 2012, K9 Bodie was shot in his face by a car theft suspect during a foot pursuit in the Land Park area of Sacramento. Bodie was immediately rushed to VCA Veterinary Referral Center where they saved his life. K9 Bodie showed a warrior spirit and the will to live. One week later he walked out the front door of the vet and into his patrol car to start his recovery at home with his family. After numerous hours of physical rehab and 5 major surgeries to repair damage to his jaw, paw, and later his spinal column, Bodie retired to live out his days with his family. Bodie went on to become an ambassador of the police department and educated school children and the public about the important role police dogs play in society. Bodie also went on to sire several puppies who have already followed in his paw prints by certifying as police and search and rescue K9s. Bodie's amazing life of public service will carry on with them.

K9 Bodie lived an amazing life and was able to accomplish things in his short eight years that most dogs and humans only dream about. Flying in helicopters, riding in boats, rapelling from towers, scaling fences, searching for bad guys, visiting school children, receiving numerous awards, being a loving family dog, siring puppies, and being recognized at the California State Capitol as a hero were just a handful of Bodie’s accomplishments. Even with all that he got to do and see, Bodie’s favorite thing in the world was chewing on his Kong toy and leaning against anyone who would give him ear rubs or would scratch his chin. Bodie was an amazing partner, loving family member, and fierce protector. He will forever be in our hearts and memories.

K9 Office Bodie was interred in the Garden of Valor section of Sierra Hills Pet Cemetery on 11/14/2016 and his graveside service was attended by many in law enforcement and the community.






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