Prattville K-9 "Louie" Retires


By Ellis Eskew

A special member of the Prattville Police Department is retiring.

He's a four legged officer with a nose for crime and a love for children.

He came to the Prattville Police Department at just 2 years old.

Within in the past 13 years, with his handler Lt. Wayne Barlow by his side, he 's made hundreds of drug seizures and arrests.

He's even sniffed his way to achieve the "top dog" award in multiple narcotics detection competitions.

But now it's time for Louie to hang up his badge.

"It's kind of a bittersweet moment. He's retired. We spent a lot of time together, But I know that he can't really do his job anymore. So the best thing for him to do is be a regular house dog now," said Barlow. 

While sniffing out crime was his job... Louie had another job that may have been one of the most important.

"His biggest achievement is that he has impacted thousands of kids' lives in the schools in Prattville and surrounding area," said Barlow.

Louie was a celebrity among the students.

"Children love seeing him come into the school every morning. They would lay on him and pet him and look froward to seeing him. It's just been a great thing in our school as far as children feeling safe and feeling that the police department is their friend," said Jodi Womble, principal at Prattville Kindergarten School.

And even though he won't be roaming the halls as much anymore, Louie will be at home. And the good memories they shared with the "top dog" will always live on.

Louie will stay at home with Lt. Wayne Barlow.

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