K9 McCarney


November 22, 2016       

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of canine “McCarney”, who was the loyal partner of Sergeant Bill Finucane, Senior Training Sergeant of the MTA Police Department Canine Unit and Vice President of the United States Police Canine Association, Region 7. “McCarney” had retired from active service in 2014.

“McCarney” was named in honor of MTA Police Officer Dennis McCarney who was killed in the line of duty in Penn Station in 1989.

The team of Sergeant Finucane and canine “McCarney” participated in many USPCA Certifications throughout their career where they received the highest national recognition for their law enforcement skills. “McCarney” frequently supported many police agencies in Connecticut and throughout New York State by assisting in criminal investigations into weapons possession, felony crimes and terrorist activities. “McCarney” was certified in Patrol, Tracking, Evidence Search, and Explosives Detection.

The canine team of “McCarney” and Sergeant Finucane were assigned to the MTA Police Department Special Operations Division, Canine Training Unit, where they helped instruct many regional canine teams. Sergeant Finucane would often use “Carney” as an example of what the perfect picture of a canine should be to the many students who pass thru the MTAPD Canine Training Center.

When they were not busy protecting the citizens of Connecticut and New York State or training numerous canine teams in the NYC area, Sergeant Finucane and “McCarney” could be foundperforming public demonstrations in local schools and nursing homes by displaying their talents and making friends with everyone they met.

“”Carney” as he affectionately known by to the Finucane family will be sorely missed.



Region 7 TeamCongratulations to Region 7 Canine Teams at the National Police K9 Trials

  2nd Place Region 7 Team:  (In photo starting 2nd from left to right)   PO Allen Kirsch and K9 Sentry w/MTA PD, Det. Rich Geraci and K9 Ace w/NYPD Transit PD, Sgt. Bill Finucane and K9 Vinny w/MTA PD, PO Kevin Halsey and K9 Nicky w/Warwick PD, Det. Wayne Rothschild and K9 Cowboy w/NYPD Transit PD
  4th Place Obedience & 15th Place Overall: PO Kevin Halsey and K9 Nicky
  5th Place Agility & 5th Place Overall: Det. Wayne Rothschild and K9 Cowboy
Special thanks for a great job running the National Trials to Head Judge Gary Pietropaolo ( In photo 2nd from right)
    Also a job well done to our other Region 7 Team: PO Roman Scuadroni and K9 Lee w/City of Newburgh PD, PO William Hinspeter and K9 Bella w/City of Newburgh PD, PO Ricardo Rivera and K9 Bane w/City of Newburgh, PO Sean Stone and K9 Archer w/NYPD ESU PD, PO Jose Labrada and K9 Nox w/NYPD ESU PD
        Region 7 consists of Canine Teams from the New York and Connecticut areas. The United States Police Canine Association has seven main objectives and purposes that are designed to unite and standardize all agencies utilizing the services of the canine as an aid in the prevention and detection of crime. Click Here to read more about us and learn how we work to better serve the members of our association and our community.

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