LAKE OSWEGO – It is with great sadness that we report on the death of one of our two police K-9s, Ilkay “Kai” von Schmausenbuck. Over the past year, Kai underwent several surgeries to repair two hernias and two of his knees. Recently, it looked as if he would be able to recover enough to come back to work, but then his condition worsened. Kai was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy, which is an incurable progressive disease in the spinal cord, and he was forced to retire two weeks ago. His handler, Officer Bryan McMahon, had hoped that Kai’s health would improve such that he would be able to live a happy life at home, but it continued to deteriorate. It became obvious that Kai’s quality of life had declined significantly and rapidly, and that his condition would only worsen. Ultimately, Kai was euthanized on Saturday, August 30, 2014, to prevent further suffering.
Kai was one of the Lake Oswego Police Department’s two police dogs. He started his career with the Lake Oswego Police Department in 2007 at two years old. Shortly thereafter, he and his handler, Officer Bryan McMahon, passed their required certifications, and this German Shepherd had been working hard for the community ever since. Kai was a valuable asset to our department and community, and had been instrumental in finding missing dementia patients and suspects alike. Having K-9s helps to keep our officers safer and more efficient by searching areas more safely and quickly than the officers themselves could. They also serve as a deterrent against suspects choosing to fight with officers. In Kai’s career, he located a total of 87 people, including 4 that were lost and endangered.
Officer McMahon and Kai were often found patrolling the streets of Lake Oswego, making presentations at schools or the Farmers’ Market (where he was always a big hit!) or competing at the Washington County K-9 Trials. In fact, Kai won “Top Dog” at the 2011 competition out of thirteen other K-9s.
Officer McMahon, his family and our department are mourning the loss of this amazing team member, and we are committed to continuing this great program of service to our community and our officers.