Agency: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
– Special Response Team 1 (Detroit, Michigan)
Disciplines: Tactical K-9, Patrol/Tracking
Date of Birth: March 30th, 2009
Career Stats: K-9 Axel conducted over 200 high-risk operations in his career all over the United States, leading to the apprehension or surrendering of countless violent criminals.
K-9 Axel was specifically bred to be a Police K-9 Hero at Von der Haus Gill German Shepherds, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. At the young age of only a year old, Axel was hand selected by the ATF Special Response Team (SRT) to become their newest Tactical K-9 in 2010. There are only five active ATF SRT K-9’s in the world, and Axel was one of them throughout his career.
Axel specialized in conducting search warrants and missions to locate and apprehend the nation’s most wanted and dangerous criminals. Axel was certified and remained proficient in Patrol, Tracking, Article Searches, Building Searches, Area Searches and Tactical Obedience. Axel routinely performed fast roping from helicopters, rappelling from towers and buildings, water insertions, rural tracking, and urban operations with some of the most elite police and military units in the world. Due to the high physical demand of his job Axel was forced to retire at the age of eight years old from the ATF as he was already physically beginning to slow down.
When it came time for Axel to retire from his government service in April of 2017, his handler was unable to keep him, as he was getting a new one-year-old Malinois to replace Axel. Having two alpha male dogs in the house would be difficult to manage. After all, Axel was used to being with his handler 24/7, going to work with him, as well as going on vacations with his family. Therefore, Axel needed a new home for his retirement so the handler could bond with his new partner. When the Project K-9 Hero Foundation got the call to help support him, we jumped at the opportunity.
Currently, Axel is on several prescription medications that cost over $500 a month. Axel has diagnosed cases of Pannus, Megaesophagus, and sever Dermatitis.
Through your generous donations and support we will ensure that Axel lives the long and happy life that he so well deserves after selflessly putting his life on the line in over 200 missions. Axel spent his career protecting us and now it is our turn to protect him in his retirement.