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May 30, 2024

Hollister honors retiring canine officer ‘Freeze’

Hollister police K-9 Officer “Freeze” put his paw to paper Monday for retirement.

Police Chief David Westrick oversaw a special ceremony before the Hollister council to honor the dog, who’s been with the department since 2015, before which he was a K-9 officer elsewhere.

At Monday’s meeting, the city presented a certificate to the canine, and police had the dog put its paw in ink for a “signature” of sorts.

As the dog stood in front of the audience, Westrick marveled at its calmness.

“Could your dog be this patient? No, your dog could not be this patient,” he remarked.

The K-9 will live out the rest of its life with Officer Melgoza, his handler.

The police department still maintains Officer Dallas as another canine and plans to replace Freeze as well.

Photos courtesy of the HPD