World’s record smallest police dog Midge died just hours after her owner, 67-year-old retired Ohio sheriff Dan McClelland failed his battle with cancer and passed away in a hospital on Wednesday.
The chihuahua-rat terrier cross Midge was 16-year-old as she took her last breath at home due to a possible broken heart, the New York Post reported. The pairs will be buried together.
Today we join our Geauga County family in mourning the loss of Sheriff McClelland and Midge. He will long be remembered for his commitment to his community, his duty, and for all the good that he did. @GeaugaSheriff pic.twitter.com/MXMAZZx5g6
— Geauga County Public Library (@GeaugaLibrary) April 15, 2021
McClelland’s crime-fighting pet joined the police force 15 years ago and had its name in the Guinness World Records of the world’s tiniest police dog in 2016.
Midge had served nearly ten years on the Geauga County police force, combating crime and working as McClelland’s “perfect partner.”
“The dynamic duo were inseparable, whether they were collaring suspects or out on the town at parades and police functions,” New York Post reviewed.
While on drug raids duty, Midge was remembered as not ripping the upholstery of a vehicle or leave muddy paw prints. Her size gave her the advantage of searching underneath vehicles and tight spots with ease.
Midge would usually spend her time in a tiny dog bed next to her owner’s desk while he was dealing with paperwork. School trips would regularly visit the adorable pair for the scene. The chihuahua was a very popular icon in her local area.
Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand, Mr. McClelland’s successor, recalled when he was with the pair in a golf cart at the county fair; he witnessed people swarming to meet with Midge.
“He used to joke that people would see him in a parade in a car and would say, ‘Hey, there’s Midge and whatshisname,’” Hildenbrand disclosed to Associate Press. The new sheriff accounted that the petit police pooch might be even more popular than her owner.
Lt. John Hiscox, the former spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said, “it was like bringing Elvis Presley to the midway.”
McClelland, who served in the force for 44 years and worked as a sheriff in 13 years, recognized the advantages of employing the Chihuahua into the force, believing she would “make an unlikely, but ideal drug-sniffing dog,” New York Post added.
Sky News cited his colleagues saying that they did not expect the duo to retire as McClelland wanted to travel the country with his wife and pet.
“He spent 44 years protecting people in this county, and, quite frankly, he loved his job, every minute of it. I thought he’d never retire,” said Mr. Hildenbrand.
Before their retirement, the pair were guests on daytime talk shows, New York Post added.
According to McClelland’s family, the two partners will share their rest in place alongside each other.