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Meet Edo: Hackettstown Police Department welcomes new police dog after loss of Jada

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Police Department welcomed its newest member Friday, Edo the police dog.

Edo joins the police department after the unexpected death of K9 Jada on Aug. 19. Officer Christopher Laver and K9 Jada were on duty when her health rapidly declined. K9 Jada went unresponsive as she was being transported to the animal hospital. Laver and the Newton Animal Hospital attempted to perform life-saving measures but unfortunately, she passed from cardiac related complications.

On Sept. 18, Laver traveled to San Francisco, California to meet with Marty Mahon of Trident K9 Consulting. Mahon was familiar with K9 Jada’s passing and previously made contact with Chief Macaulay and offered to donate a K9 to the Hackettstown Police Department and Laver.

Laver trained with Trident K9’s team and potential K9’s. Edo, a 14-month-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, was chosen as the newest K9 and he arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from California on Friday afternoon where he met Laver.

Laver created The K9 Jada Memorial GoFundMe page to raise money the money to transport Edo from California to New Jersey. The money will also go towards training and to maintain the future operations of the police department’s K9 Unit.

Officer Laver and Edo will start training on Monday, Oct. 5 at Union County Sheriff’s Office.


Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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