Cocoa Police K9 Kable Retires, Second Female K9 Zena Now in Training With Officer Robin Viera
By Space Coast Daily // October 23, 2020
K9 Kable served the city of Cocoa alongside Officer Robin Viera since 2015
K9 Kable and Officer Robin Viera were cast as alternates in the nationally televised “America’s Top Dog” competition which aired on A&E Network
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – After five years of dedicated service to the citizens of Cocoa, 7-year-old German Shepherd K9 Kable has officially retired.
Taking Kable’s place is K9 Zena and is now in training to continue serving the public – and is the agency’s second female K9 to join the ranks.
K9 Zena is a 2-year old Belgian Malinois and was donated to the city in August by a South Florida man who recognized the dog’s potential for police service. K9 Zena is assigned to K9 Officer Robin Viera.
The team is training in patrol work, apprehension and drug detection and will also be assigned to the SWAT team upon certification.
K9 Kable served the city alongside Officer Viera since 2015. The team is credited with numerous apprehensions, arrests, drug seizures, and the recovery of evidence in criminal cases.
In the summer of 2019, K9 Kable and Officer Viera were cast as alternates in the nationally televised “America’s Top Dog” competition which aired on A&E Network.
The show was designed to demonstrate the abilities of police K9’s and the unique bonds they share with their handlers. The team did not make an appearance during the first season and was contacted to appear in season 2. Due to retirement and production issues, Kable was no longer able to participate.
As a retired police K9, Kable will continue to live at home with Officer Viera, but now as the family pet.
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“Zena is going to be a great patrol dog,” said Lt. Anthony Marchica, who manages the department’s K9 resources.
“She is already showing high drive and motivation which is what we look for in a patrol dog. She will be a great asset not only for officer protection but for the overall safety of our community. The citizens of Cocoa are fortunate to have her on the team.”
K9 Zena will spend the next few months in training with Officer Viera before being activated for patrol duties.
With the addition of K9 Zena, the Cocoa Police Department’s K9 Unit includes four working dogs. K9 Bear with Officer Dan Rhoades and K9 Kyra with Officer Brian Delos Santos are assigned to the patrol division awaiting Zena’s full deployment.
K9 Copper with Officer Sayge Gray is assigned to the Community Resource Unit and serves as a public relations and therapy dog.