Retired canine sheriff’s deputy Jager dies


La Porte County Sheriff’s Deputies Jager and Andrew Morse entertain and educate kids in 2015. (Photo by WNLP’s Bob Wellinski)

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that retired canine Deputy Jäger, a 10-year-old German shepherd, has died. His human partner was La Porte County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Morse.

The sheriff’s department announcement:


“It is with great sadness that the LCSO announces the passing of retired K9 Jäger. From 2013-2021, Jäger served the citizens of La Porte County fearlessly and with utmost loyalty. Throughout his career, he was responsible for numerous drug seizures and apprehensions. Jäger participated in dozens of public demonstrations for various civic organizations and was a popular pup throughout La Porte County.

“During retirement, Jäger remained happy at home and was surrounded by many who loved him dearly, none more so greater than his handler, Deputy Andy Morse.”

WNLP checked back in its archives for just a few examples of crime-solving assistance provided by Jäger. Besides many drug-sniffing discoveries, there were these:

– In 2015, Jäger found a woman who had gone missing from a fishing spot near Pottawattamie Park in Michigan City. “Jager was able to quickly track the female, who was located a short distance from Trail Creek (reportedly in thick brush),” the sheriff’s office reported at the time.

– In 2020, Jäger provided what is called a “positive alert” on a vehicle that led to discovery of a large amount of cash and a weapon possessed by a felon.

– Also in 2020, Jäger chased and caught a man ultimately charged with vehicle theft who had fled on foot from the vehicle after a long police chase. Jäger literally took a bite outta crime while keeping the suspect in place.

WNLP joins Deputy Morse and the sheriff’s department in saluting the service of fallen Deputy Jager.

3 Responses to “Retired canine sheriff’s deputy Jager dies”

  1. Lynn E. Lisarelli

    Aug 25. 2021

    I am so sorry to learn of this. It is always so hard to lose a beloved pet.

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  2. Mari

    Aug 25. 2021

    So sad to hear of Jager’s passing. He served our community, and was a brave and loyal dog. My sympathy to his family and may he rest in peace. There is a special place in heaven for dogs like Jager….

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  3. Becky

    Aug 25. 2021

    Very sad 😞 Thanks for your service Jager.

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