Kenya's most renowned police dog, PONY, who did excellent work during the emergency may soon be retiring from rigorous active patrolling now that he is nearing his 1,000th arrest.
Kenya's most renowned police dog, PONY, who did excellent work during the emergency may soon be retiring from rigorous active patrolling now that he is nearing his 1,000th arrest. To date he has 993 arrests to his credit, this has been confirmed as a world record for any police dog. An almost black Alsatian dog, Pony was gifted to the police force as a puppy in 1952 and after several months training as a patrol dog was put on active service in Nairobi during the height of the Mau Mau uprising during 1953. This canine policeman has been stabbed twice, on the first occasion he was knifed in the neck, and on the second time a thief he had tackled slashed him between the eyes with a panga, (a large native type knife). Although bleeding profusely he never gave up the chase. Five stitches had to be inserted in his head and he was on the sick list for some time, so was the criminal, who is serving a long prison sentence.
One of his best jobs was when he was on patrol near the African locations. An armed criminal after firing two shots at the police man handler - both missing - Pony gave chase bring down the gunman and standing over him until he was arrested. This man is also serving a long sentence and regretting he ever met Pony.
The police force has 13 tracker dogs and 53 patrol dogs, mostly Doberman and Alsatians, and their arrests last year numbered 3866, of these 1672 were affected in Nairobi. There is very keen rivalry between the champion dogs in the force and four of Pony's sons figure prominently in the ladder of fame, 'Ask Him' has 231, Paddy 230, Shandy 165 and Sammy 115 arrests to their credit.
Pony's nearest rival is 'KING' who is climbing steady towards Tony's total with 790 arrests to his credit.