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K-9 Dogs Steal Show at City Presentations

  • By David Barron

Two police dogs - Robin and Veeda - stole the show at the monthly presentation night sponsored by the Monterey Park City Council.

Robin, led by Police Agent Peter Palomino, and Robin, handled by Officer Ray Cota, pranced on the City Council platform to receive their honors for locating and arresting two suspects involved in a burglary at a hillside home. When the suspects fled into the hillside area behind the homes, the Police K-9 teams  began searching the hilly area overgrown with brush.

During the search, a bee hive was disturbed and the bees attacked Agent Palomino and Robin. Palomino was stung about 18 times  and Robin was stung more than 50 times. Robin later went into anaphylactic shock because of the bee venom.

Initially, Robin's condition was quite serious, but after many days of care, blood transfusions and medication, her condition went from grave to guarded. Since that time Robin has made a full recovery and returned to work on June 7, less than a month from the date she was injured.

Mayor Hans Liang and council members Peter Chan and Steven Lam, congratulated the dogs and their handlers for their work. Liang said that more than $20,000 in donations were received from the public for the care of the dogs.

More than 40 citizens, including the Police Explorers and several businesses were honored by the Council at the special meeting.

At the end, the council also held on-site ceremonies for tree plaques honoring Abel Castellanos, a city crossing guard who was killed in a tragic accident; and former councilman David Lau and his wife Cecilia Lau.

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