Service dog named after fallen IMPD officer graduates, meets new partner

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A service dog named after fallen IMPD officer Perry Renn graduated and is ready for duty.

“Renn” is a Golden Retriever Labrador mix, and was just three months old when he began his training by Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN), an organization that trains and places services dogs with individuals with disabilities.

Lynn Renn, officer Renn’s widow, wrote this letter to the service dog in training in 2015:

“My husband Perry Renn was a police officer who died in the line of duty less than two months before you were born. He served the community for over 20 years and was very dedicated with a strong work ethic and desire to serve. For his long service and final sacrifice, the community has honored him by showing their gratitude in several ways, and while every one of those honors is greatly appreciated, you being named after him is extra meaningful because Perry LOVED dogs.”

Renn was paired with Shennea Dixon, who is in the process of learning to walk again.

Renn was trained by Pendleton Correctional Facility inmate Richard. Richard guided Renn through all four levels of training. Richard wrote a touching letter to Renn to be read at his graduation ceremony.

“You can put your trust in him as he will with you, and with Renn putting so much stability in my own life, it is his calling to do the same for someone new,” wrote Richard. “I am happy you now have each other and it has been my true pleasure working with this amazing dog. Goodbye Renn and thank you for being such a good friend.”

The newxt graduation ceremony will be on December 8 at the Indiana Women’s Prison. Anyone wanting to attend must be 18 or older. There is no cost. Email Dino Sierp ( for more information on attending.

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