Three-legged Drug Task Force dog overcomes obstacles

WISCONSIN (MEDIA GENERAL) — The Brown County Drug Task Force has six K9s right now that help them detect narcotics in cars, homes and on people. But there’s one K9 on their team that’s a little different than the others in a pretty remarkable way.

Inside an abandoned apartment building in Ashwaubenon you might find Marley and his handler practicing drug searches.

“Marley is used almost on a daily basis,” said his handler, Chris, “and we do a lot together. His nose is far better than any other sort of odor detecting technology that’s out there.”

Marley has been with Chris for a few years, but a few months ago Marley had some major health issues.

“It was about February when I was throwing the ball for him,” said Chris, “and I noticed he was running with a distinct limp.”

Chris brought Marley to the veterinarian, who did blood work and X-rays. They determined Marley had a growth on the bone of his right rear leg which turned out to be cancer.

That’s when they came to the tough decision to amputate Marley’s leg.

But you can see through his training, one less leg hasn’t phased Marley at all.

Chris says even while training, he hasn’t noticed Marley’s three legs slowing him down. But because of his past medical conditions, they’ll keep a close eye on him for his safety and to make sure he can still do his job.

The two will keep working together as long as Marley can, as maybe the only five-legged drug dog team in the country.

“I would be curious if there were more narcotics detection dogs,” said Chris. “Maybe we could start a club or something.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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