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K-9 statue completed - and en route to Clark County

by: ERIC NORBERG - K-9 Kane, knifed to death by a suspect in Clark County in April of 2011, has been memorialized in stone by Johnson Creek Boulevard sculptor Mark McLean, who prepared the statue for transport to its presentation to the Clark County Sheriffs Office on August 20th.Sculptor Mark McLean, who works with stone, has his studio on Johnson Creek Boulevard, not far from S.E. 45th. He has been moved by the slaying of police dogs by suspects in the line of duty, and made a gift of a statue of K-9 Dakota, shot and killed while making an apprehension in 2007, to the Vancouver Police Department. It sits in the lobby of that department’s East Precinct.

A second K-9 death in Clark County has brought forth a similar gift from McLean.

8-year old Dutch Shepherd “Kane” died in the arms of his handler, Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Osborne, shortly after midnight on April 2, 2011, from three stab wounds at the hands of a vehicle theft suspect, who had fled a stolen car he had crashed. Kane was in foot pursuit. Keegan Graves was arrested shortly afterward on five charges; his companion in the vehicle, Natasha Cresap, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Two years later, delayed by medical problems and surgery, McLean completed a statue of Kane, and delivered it to Smith Rock on Johnson Creek Boulevard on August 20, to be palletized for transport to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Once again, the statue was a donation by the artist, not a commission. McLean remarked to THE BEE, “It was Kane who got the guy who shot Dakota.”

Kane had assisted in capturing 250 suspects in their six years together – and was just one year away from retirement, after which he would have become a pet for Officer Osborne and his family, with whom he had lived throughout his years of service.