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Saving K-9 Iko

Posted on February 20, 2017

                              By Jacqueline Bennett   Doing what is right matters to Officer Steven Vesco.   After eight years of patrolling Windsor, Connecticut with K-9 Iko at his side, on February 14 Vesco faced a moral and personal dilemma. Iko was slated to retire on February 16 but two days before, while still on the job, the canine manifested a serious injury, a herniated disc resulting in paralysis of his rear quarter.   “Immediately I called the New England Veterinary Center in Windsor,” Vesco said during a February 17 phone interview.   Medication to try and relieve compression of Iko’s spinal cord did not work. Iko was brought to Middletown…

Despite Injury, Windsor CT Police K-9 Team Wins Trophy at USPCA Celebrating 50 Years for BostonPD K-9s

Posted on June 16, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Despite an injury that threatened to keep them from competing, the K-9 team of officer Steve Vesco and his partner Iko of the Windsor, Connecticut Police Department, once again brought home a United States Police Canine Association trophy. The team finished fourth overall in criminal apprehension in the 2013 Region 4 contest. Vesco and Iko were the only team representing Connecticut in the trials which also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Boston Police Department’s K-9 unit. “I was ecstatic. I almost dropped out. But I got him through the competition,” Vesco said during an interview June 6 at the Public Safety Complex in Windsor, CT. Iko sustained an injury to a nerve in a rear leg…