America’s Top Dog Donates $5,000 To Women’s Animal Center

(From left) Bensalem Director of Public Safety Fred Harran, Officer Robert Schwarting, K-9 Officer Bowie, Women's Animal Center CEO Cathy Malkemes, Bensalem Mayor Joe DiGirolamo. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Bensalem’s K-9 Officer Bowie, a German Shepard, has earned the title of America’s Top Dog on A&E’s television program of the same name. With the win comes a $10,000 prize, plus $5,000 to donate to the Women’s Animal Center in Bensalem.

K-9 Officer Bowie looks up to Officer Robert Schwarting during a ceremony Tuesday. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Officer Robert Schwarting and his partner Bowie took on a rival team from Seattle last Wednesday for the victory.

To celebrate the win, local officials and Bowie fans came together at the Women’s Animal Center Tuesday. CEO Cathy Malkemes presented “Team Bowie” with a commemorative plaque, thanking them for their donation.

“This team truly are fierce competitors, but even more so, they are a wonderful asset to our community here in Bensalem.”

Schwarting and Bowie began training together in December of 2016. It was a new experience for both of them; Schwarting had just joined the K-9 unit earlier the same year.

The bond they share is clear; Bowie constantly looks to her officer endearingly during down time.

Since then, Team Bowie have tackled a litany of cases for the Bensalem Township Police. Director of Public Safety Fred Harran laid out a few highlights.

Harran says Bowie played a pivotal role in locating:

  • A suspect who assaulted a Bucks County Sheriff Officer and escaped from Bucks County Prison.
  • A homicide suspect who Bowie found hiding inside a piece of furniture. Harran stated police had searched the house already with no success.
  • An eight-year-old boy with autism who had run away from home and was found hiding inside a dumpster.

“You can see, from apprehending bad guys, finding durgs, finding missing people, finding missing children with autism, this dog does it all”

Bensalem Mayor Joe DiGirolamo congratulated Schwarting at the ceremony. He applauded the entire Bensalem Township Police K-9 Unit for “incredible” work in the community.

K.C. Tomlinson filled in for her father State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson. She said they both are “big dog lovers.”

“It was great seeing them the other night, and I think it’s really great they brought that back here to Bensalem to donate to a great shelter we have here.”

Team Bowie’s winning performance is available on the A&E Youtube page here.