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Schultz, Gloucester Twp. K-9 police dog, killed in action; suspect, partner in custody

schultz120210_optBY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

One of the two men arrested for robbing a Gloucester Township restaurant also has blood on his hands — that of the 3½ year old German shepherd police dog he threw to his death Tuesday night.

Schultz, one of three K-9 unit team members in the township, was trying to apprehend Skyler Robinson, 20, of Washington Township, latching on to his arm. The man managed to fling the 85 pound dog into traffic on Rt. 42, and Schultz reportedly died instantly after being struck by a vehicle.

Robinson, grazed by the same car, managed to sprint into a wooded area nearby. An all-out manhunt followed, with helicopters hovering overhead, people ordered to stay inside and Highland Regional High School established as a command post.

Robinson and Evan Scotese, 19, also of Washington Township, had assaulted an employee during a hold up of the Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant, in the 400 block of Church St. in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township. Once Schultz picked up Robinson's scent, he was let loose to chase him down along the shoulder of Route 42.

That's when Robinson seriously compounded his errors, hurling the dog to his death.

Robinson and Scotese 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. As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, both men remained in custody on $150,000 bail each.

According to the CourierPostOnline, Gloucester Police Chief Harry Earle described the K-9 unit dogs as "members of our department." Schultz was not identified by name as the dog who had died until notifications of his family could be made. His partner was Cpl. Mark Pickard.

Schultz had lived with the policeman, his wife, Robyn and their three children since he was a year old. He was not the first police dog they'd had, but, said Ms. Pickard, he was unusually affectionate.

Pickard was reported to be struggling to deal with the death of his pet and partner, whom he had trained. Schultz was popular among the children's friends, and was reportedly a regular at school events and public functions.

Officers honored the dog by processing with his remains to the Chews Landing Veterinary Hospital, according to the Delaware County Daily Times, and CBS Philly reported that officers lined up early Wednesday morning outside the hospital, saluting as the dog's body went by in a hearse.

A photo of Schultz was posed to the department's Facebook page, and Chief Earle indicated Schultz will be honored a memorial service next Thursday.

Those wishing to donate to the "K9 Schultz Memorial Fund" can send a check payable to, and addressed to that name at 1261 Chews Landing Road, Laurel Springs, NJ 08021.

 
Comments (18)
18 Friday, 23 September 2011 11:15
Washington Township Graduate
This is a tough situation. I graduated from that high school and I know the kid who did this(not personally), he used to be a good kid but I guess he took a turn for the worse. It is a tragedy to say in the least. However this article does not give the full story. He didn't "throw" the dog into the car. They were actually both struck by the car because Mr.Robinson was trying to run across the road when he saw the dog. I do believe he should be charged, however I do not think he should be charged for killing an officer. I know some people look at dogs like humans, and we even give them human like traits, but in the end. A dog is still an animal. It's a beast trained to severely disable it's pray. Dogs do not have the discrepancy to know when to "stop" in a situation that puts itself and others at risk. An apprehending officer would not have lached onto a suspect in front of a moving car. Lets play devil's advocate. What if the dog swung the suspect into a moving car and just the suspect died and the dog lived? Should the dog the charged? If a human officer did that, he would certainly be charged for murder, but a human wouldn't get into a situation like that. We have to be real here. Police dogs are no different than the pet you and I own, their abilities are honed to do different tasks and they have better obedience training, however neither would make a difference in this situation. The ability of a human to judge the situation vs an animal's judgement is the difference here. So it has to legally be treated like such as well. Even well trained dogs attack little kids sometimes. They are put to death. Dogs are not humans. There is just some situations they cannot judge properly.
17 Sunday, 23 January 2011 16:23
darren uk
as a canine lover and shepheard owner myself i pass on my sympathy's to his heartbroken partner and family may the worthless filth who committed this despicable crime pay for the rest of his natural
16 Sunday, 05 December 2010 12:09
SmartMouth
They could have raked leaves or shoveled snow for some cash. They didn't have to rob a chinese take out and then kill an innocent police dog. Robinson a former high school football player, you think he would have learned from Michael Vick's mistake? Hope they burn in hell!! We pray Shultz is safely in heaven awaiting his master for when the day comes they'll be re-united never to be harmed again!!
15 Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:04
ebateman
to the a--hole who thinks maybe it hurt.if he submitted the officer would have called his partner off(canine police officer/partner) doing his job protecting idiots like you!! he should have been the one hit by the car,
14 Friday, 03 December 2010 20:00
GSD Owner
ARE U SERIOUS!!!! you must be a complete idiot!!! Where do u come off saying that me people make mistakes and its only a dog and not a human..what world you living in?? That poor dog was after someone that assaulted someone and robbed a restaurant. He did something so courageous with no fear at all. This poor dog was killed for absolutely no reason by some scumbag and YES he should get the max for killing an innocent soul whether it was a dog or human should not make a difference.....it was still murder!!!
13 Friday, 03 December 2010 19:13
Marlou
Schultz, the K-9 Officer, certainly is far more educated then the scumbags who tried to rob the Chinese restaurant. He was doing his job. RIP and may God Bless you . My condolences to Cpl. Pickard and his family.
12 Friday, 03 December 2010 19:05
Concerned Citizen
How can you people make comments like this? Do you know the details and circumstances surrounding why he threw the dog? Let's use critical thinking here, the dog latched onto his arm, it probably hurt a lot, so he was trying to get the dog off. He was already on the shoulder of 42 when the dog came after him. To say he should be punished as if he killed an officer -- a human being -- is ludicrous. People make mistakes. No he shouldn't have robbed the restaurant or fled from the police but that doesn't mean he should be locked up for life.
11 Friday, 03 December 2010 18:48
Marie Cast
Noble, courageous and smart dogs! They bond with their owners. I am really sorry for the handler, he must be devastated. They are the best, the very best. There is no way he was going to get himself out of this, so why make it worse by killing an animal?

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10 Friday, 03 December 2010 13:09
Mary Auldrich
I am just saddened by this. My thoughts and prayers are with Cpl. Pickard, his family, and fellow officers. Rest in Peace dear Schulz.
9 Friday, 03 December 2010 09:40
patriot
The penalty is way too concervative. This country is going to shit!!
k-9
8 Friday, 03 December 2010 09:15
concerned citizen
Someone needs to beat him to a pulp.
7 Friday, 03 December 2010 08:46
Heart Broken
I seriously hope that Skyler Robinson was beat by the law enforcement officers who aprehended him. Maybe causing him to be disabled for life wouldnt be such a bad consequence so he will never forget the result of his heinous crime. I also dont believe that the charges or possible sentence is harsh enough. If someone causes death to a K-9, the law should be the same as if they caused the death of a law enforcement officer while acting in an official capacity. Its murder. The guy knew that the dog was a K-9 and attempted to not only flee but kill that poor dog. If he were struggling with a law enforcement officer and managed to push the officer into traffic resulting in their death...he would be charged with murder. Should not be any different in this case. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the K-9 handler, his family, the department and the entire law enforcement community who is truly suffering from this tragic incident. May Skyler Robinson and his accomplices rot in jail, get their asses assaulted regularly while incarcerated, and suffer for the rest of their lives. I hope they have the opportunity to read this post and they should pray that they never cross my path.
6 Friday, 03 December 2010 08:26
Les Maier
My sincere condolences to Cpl. Mark Pickard and family. Any people who live with their pets have close ties - to live and work so closely with Schultz makes his violent death a most severe blow. I wish you healing and continued wonderful memories of your companion, Cpl. Pickard.
dog
5 Friday, 03 December 2010 08:05
Schwartz17
fuck bitches up for that doggy
4 Friday, 03 December 2010 07:05
Sy J Goldberg, Chief of Department Burlington County Times
The Burlington County SPCA Humane Police Department is saddened by the sudden and heinous act in his death during his act of official duty. We share the shock and sorrow of the Chief, Officer Pickard and the Gloucester Township Police Department on the passing of their friend and fellow Officer. Our Department Officers will be wearing mourning bands on our Badges.
3 Thursday, 02 December 2010 21:59
C Laverde
I was heartbroken to hear about this and was actually brought to tears over the loss of this beautiful animal. I agree whole-heartedly with the two previous posters and cant help but wonder what charge this waste of a human is facing for the crime of killing an officer (albeit a dog). The honor bestowed to Schultz by his fellow officers was both fitting and deserved. My condolences to Cpl. Pickard and his family and may they know Schultz died a HERO
2 Thursday, 02 December 2010 19:52
Lorraine
Our hearts go out to the officer and the family of this beatutiful animal. My son was a k-9 officer and I cannot think of how I would feel knowing this could have happened to his dog. The person who did this has no respect for life weather it is human or animal. They have no regard for human life to begin with and so will certainly have none for this beautiful dog. We are very sorry for your loss.
1 Thursday, 02 December 2010 14:47
steve chiusa
being named after dave the hammer shultz, hanner would be a great name for shultz's successor

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