Coast Guard working dog retires following 8 years of service

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Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Tin

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WNCN) – A Coast Guard working dog was honored at a retirement ceremony Thursday following eight years of service. 

Senior Chief Petty Officer Tin worked as an explosive ordnance detection canine for the Coast Guard from 2011 to 2019.

Tin was named after Santos Valentin, a New York Police Department officer who died during on 9/11.

Tin’s lead handler, Chief Petty Officer John Mitchell, said the highlight of the canine’s career was working security at Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. 

Tin also helped sweep for explosives for heads of state and high-ranking delegates.

Mitchell said he intends on adopting Tin where the dog will be given plenty of treats and bones. 

“Anything to keep him busy,” said Mitchell. “He really doesn’t like to sit still.”

Tin was presented a shadowbox of memorabilia from his career on Thursday.

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