Muki, the 10-year-old Belgian Malinois who served as the University Police Department’s explosive-detection canine for eight years, was recognized at a reception in the Rotunda in April. Muki retired earlier this year when it was discovered he had cancer.
UVA Police Chief Tommye Sutton highlighted Muki’s career in the Department’s K-9 program. Chief Sutton presented Muki and his handler, Officer Audrell Ragland, with a plaque honoring Muki’s career and the years he worked to keep our community safe.
Highly trained and using powers beyond the capability of humans, Muki’s job was to sweep athletic and concert venues, such as Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena, by sniffing for explosives. These sweeps could last as long as 35-40 minutes at a time, demanding a high level of physical stamina and mental concentration from any dog. But despite his growing cancer, Muki continued to work.
“Never once did he complain, did he whine, did he let anyone know that he was suffering with this tumor in his throat,” Ragland said. “He was working like a champ.” His reward for hard work was playtime with Officer Ragland and a blue toy that Muki was often sighted carrying around Grounds. In retirement, Muki continues to live Officer Audrell Ragland and her family.
For more information, contact Sgt. Ben Rexrode, UVA Police Department, 434-531-5600, . .