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Thu, Oct. 17

Maggie, retired K-9 officer, dies at age 14

During 2012 Maggie McBride, a retired canine police officer, touched the lives of 3,896 area youth with the powerful message that "Drugs are for Dummies." Maggie, a 14-year old black lab, passed away last week. She served as a canine member of the MATForce's volunteer Speakers Bureau along with her owner, Bob McBride of Prescott.

In her early years, Maggie worked as a drug-sniffing dog in Oregon. Upon retiring, Maggie and her owner Bob visited schools reminding kids about the dangers of experimenting with drugs. Maggie's story always included a demonstration of her police drug-sniffing canine skills in finding illegal substances. Maggie performed before classrooms and at school-wide assemblies. Last year, she visited 14 schools throughout the county.

Jeanne Wellins, MATForce Projects Coordinator, said, "We are saddened to loose Maggie. She was very special to MATFORCE. We remain grateful to her owner Bob McBride and to Maggie for making such a huge commitment to help youth. Maggie's story is a strong reminder to kids that using drugs is not okay."

Maggie's life story can be viewed at matforce.org.

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