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Man Held In Death of Gloucester Township Police Dog

Man Held In Death of Gloucester Township Police Dog

Gloucester Township Cpl. Mark Pickard with his partner, Schultz.

Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

December 02, 2010

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 20-year-old Washington Township man was charged Wednesday in the death of a police dog that was struck by a car on Route 42 Tuesday night.

Skyler Robinson was arrested 31/2 hours into a manhunt involving close to 100 officers from the region who searched neighborhoods late into the night as a police helicopter swept through the sky.

Police say Robinson and an accomplice robbed the Lucky Dragon Chinese restaurant in Gloucester Township of $300 before fleeing into the Blackwood section of town.

The dog, Schultz, and his handler, Cpl. Mark Pickard, 45, tracked the men a half-mile from the restaurant and found them hiding in bushes in a neighborhood near Route 42.

At a news conference Thursday, Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle described the frantic scene along the highway in which the 85-pound dog latched onto the suspect’s arm and was then flung into traffic as Robinson tried to escape.

The dog died near the scene shortly after.

“Twenty-five agencies were involved,” Earle said. “They responded because they knew the canine had suffered.”


The suspect was grazed by the car that hit the dog, but he ran off, Earle said.

Robinson was found that night in a nearby development after a resident reported a suspicious man in the area.

News of the death of the 31/2-year-old German shepherd struck a chord among Gloucester residents Wednesday, Mayor David Mayer said.

The dog was a regular at school events and public functions, and even his name had been decided in an elementary school writing contest. He was named for former Flyers forward Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, a favorite of one fifth grader who thought the player’s fearsome reputation useful to a police dog, Earle said.

“It’s a rough day for the town,” Mayer said. “These dogs are very visible. It’s a tragic event.”

Evan Scotese, 19, of Washington Township, was arrested Wednesday. He and Robinson were charged with robbery and resisting arrest. Robinson was also charged with inflicting harm on a law enforcement animal, a third-degree felony that can carry with it a five-year prison sentence and $15,000 fine.

Both men remained in custody on $150,000 bail each.

Pickard was not available for comment. His wife, Robyn, said he was struggling to deal with the death of his pet and partner, whom he had trained.

“He’s a mess. I wouldn’t expect him not to be,” she said. “Everyone knows my husband as the guy out in his yard playing with his dog.”

The Pickards and their three children took Schultz into their home when the dog was a year old. They had had police dogs in their home before, but Schultz was unusually affectionate, Robyn Pickard said.

“If he saw my husband touching me, he would come over and stop him and say, no, it’s my turn,” she said. “The phone keeps ringing. My kids’ friends, they all loved him.”

Police began mourning Schultz Tuesday night when they lined up outside the veterinary clinic waiting for Pickard to carry him in.

A memorial service has been scheduled for next Thursday. Police have established a memorial fund to pay for the ceremony as well as for a new dog for the department K-9 unit.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Yes justice is done. RIP K9 Officer.

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    OlSkoolBlu89

    over 3 years ago

    2484 Comments

    RIP K9 Officer Schultz, my prayers n thoughts to your partner

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    CSP067

    over 3 years ago

    504 Comments

    Sorry, but this POS should not have made it to a cell. Too many years a dog handler to feel otherwise.

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23138 Comments

    Scum. Time to pay the piper. R.I.P. 4 legged brother.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10930 Comments

    Bump to all who contend these 2 POS should get life for this.

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    ocicat1994

    over 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    Poor dog, I hope that guy gets put away for a LONG time. RIP Officer Schultz.

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    Stirlitz_US

    over 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    Yeah, book the scum bag. RIP K-9.

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    BigNTS

    over 3 years ago

    6756 Comments

    Bump wiseass0282! I say both of these POS should be used as "training tools" for future LE canines. RIP Officer Schultz. You will be honored and remembered for your service both to your agenciy and your family.

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    MIAMICOPPER

    over 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    I told you, we would get you...........

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    jims4

    over 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    Rest in Peace Shultz. You will be greatly missed. Thank You for your tireless service. My prayers are with Cpl. Pickard as he deals with this loss.......

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    bstites

    over 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    RIP Shultz.You will be missed by many. :(

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    46218 Comments

    Rest in Peace Shultz. Thank you for your service.

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    HaynesJJR

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    I agree with Gearhart. Alot of these animals are considered brothers. RIP Shultz! Glad these 2 have been aprehended.

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    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Good job in catching these two scumbuckets so quickly!

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    Gearhart

    over 3 years ago

    344 Comments

    5 Years isn't enough. Canine is a LEO as far as I'm concerned, should carry the same penalties. RIP Shultz

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