CATO, a retired police dog, owned by Constable Stephen McEdwards from the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force, was the inaugural recipient of the Service Dog of the Year Award. Cato and Constable McEdwards began tracking a suspect after a break-and-entry call. Within minutes, the suspect spotted the duo and fled. During an extended chase, both Constable McEdwards and Cato were assaulted by the man. Hanging onto the suspect, Cato and Constable McEdwards were dragged approximately 200 yards before they could restrain him for back-up officers to make the arrest.
RICKY, a four year-old Husky/Shepherd mix was the only one to see his owner, Paul-Hubert Gasse, get his arm caught in a snowblower in the yard outside his home. Mrs. Gasse was alerted to her husband’s accident by Ricky’s frenzied barking and was able to rush him to a near-by hospital.