Family fights for K9 officer of lost husband, father
MINCO, Okla. – The widow of a Minco Police officer is asking the city to give her husband’s K9 partner back but is running into legal roadblocks.
Tears fall when Surana Prince looks at pictures of her husband, Sgt. Mycal Prince and his K9 police partner, Bayca.
“When I hold her and she’s around me, I get a little piece of Mycal,” Prince said.
Not only was her husband taken from her when he was killed while serving in Afghanistan, his police partner, their family pet, was taken to live with a new K9 handler.
Help get Bayca back: The family is asking for the community’s help in raising the money to pay for the dog. An account has been set up at the First National Bank and Trust in Chickasha.
“You could tell she knew, she was grieving with us,” Prince said.
Now the mother of two wants the dog back home.
Since Sgt. Prince was killed, Byca was still working on the streets with another K9 handler but that handler resigned.
To work with a new officer, the dog would have to be retrained, just as a new dog would need training.
So Prince took this as an opportunity to get Bayca back; she offered to pay $10,000 for her.
That way the city could afford to get a new K9 officer and she could have her husband’s.
“It would give the new handler a chance for a new start,” Prince said.
While Mayor Watson Mitchell said he wants Prince to have the dog, he said it’s not that easy.
The dog, like any other city property, would have to be bid out to the public.
“We’re making it available to her the only legal way we can, you can’t just give it,” Mayor Mitchell said.
Now Prince worries Bayca, like her husband, won’t come home if someone out bids her.
“That’s my biggest fear,” she said.
As she and her two little girls work to keep memories of their soldier alive, she said she’ll fight for the dog that will help them do just that.
“She just gives us a little more hope everyday,” Prince said. “When you haven’t had it in 16 months, anything helps.”
The city council is set to vote on whether the Prince family gets the K9 offcer next month.