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Heroic police dog 'Daisy Mae' dies in Strafford County of tick-borne pathogen

Union Leader Correspondent

February 22. 2018 9:04PM

Daisy Mae, a bloodhound who worked for the Strafford County Sheriff's Office and the Rochester Police Department passed away over the weekend. She is pictured with her partner, Deputy Keith MacKenzie. (Courtesy)

DOVER — Police in Strafford County are mourning the loss of Daisy Mae, a bloodhound known for her ability to track down dangerous criminals on the run.

Daisy Mae passed away Sunday due to medical complications from the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis. She was 7 years old.

Daisy Mae was assigned to Deputy Keith MacKenzie for her entire life. They worked together at the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office and the Rochester Police Department.

“Daisy’s contributions to law enforcement in the region has been significant and will be missed. Her success is a direct result of the love and human connection she received from Keith MacKenzie and his entire family. We thank them all. They have our sympathy during this difficult time,” Sheriff David Dubois said Thursday.

In January of 2016, MacKenzie and Daisy Mae were recognized by Pennsylvania State Police for their participation in a manhunt leading to the 2014 capture of Eric Frein, who was accused of killing a state police corporal. Frein was captured in an open field near an unused airport hanger at Birchwood-Pocono Airpark in October of that year, after a massive manhunt that captured national press attention for 48 days.

In June of 2014, MacKenzie and Daisy Mae were recognized for their bravery while apprehending a murder suspect in St. Francis, Maine. Daisy Mae located Jesse Marquis, who shot and killed his girlfriend, in just 90 minutes. He had been on the run for six days.

Locally, Daisy Mae tracked a scent from the scene of a murder in Farmington to Christopher Gay’s home. Gay stabbed 22-year-old Ryan Stewart to death in January of 2012 and is serving 40 years to life at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin.

Daisy Mae had just under 200 calls out for service during her lifetime.

A ceremony to honor Daisy Mae’s service will be conducted in the coming weeks, according to officials at the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office.

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