May 13, 2010 7:29 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Nationally recognized CBI arson dog dies

Not all dog stories are happy ones.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations first accelerant-sniffing K-9,"Erin", lost her battle with cancer on Wednesday. "Erin" came to the CBI in 2000 and retired in May of 2007. Erin, a black Labrador and CBI Agent Jerry Means responded to more than 800 calls that resulted in at least 150 arson arrests. She also was the center of attention in more than 500 demonstrations at schools, seminars, colleges, civic groups, scout troops and other events throughout Colorado.

Agent Means says he fed his partner her favorite meal, cheeseburgers and watched her quietly pass away on a lawn Wednesday night.

Erin was designated as a national poster dog for arson prevention and is one of three with her picture included in the national campaign against arson. The National Fire Dog Monument in Washington D.C. is modeled after Erin and will serve as a living memory to her.



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