In Honor of K-9 Urk

PoliceDogAdjDan Settle is one of the owners of Angel Paws Pet Cremation and brings with him a rich experience with animals. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Physiology from UC San Diego as well as a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from National University.

Prior to opening a pet cremation company, Dan had a 16 year career in law enforcement with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He worked a variety of positions including K-9 handler and department K-9 trainer. Dan had the privilege of working with two canines while he was with the department. Their names were “Urk” and “Hunter”.

Sadly, in the early morning hours of January 18th, 2003 Dan was ambushed by a suspect with a shotgun in the City of Vista. Dan, Urk, and an explorer ride along named Brenton Tracy were shot at by the suspect. Unfortunately, Urk was mortally wounded during the encounter and became the second canine in the department’s history to be killed in the line of duty. On March 31st, 2009 Urk’s name was added to the California Fallen Police K-9 Memorial located at UC Davis, which happens to be one of the premier veterinary medicine training schools in the United States. The memorial is called The Faithful Partner and stands proudly in a courtyard surrounded by veterinary training classrooms at the UC Davis campus.

Although Dan was ultimately forced to leave his law enforcement career due to a work related injury, he finds satisfaction knowing that he can assist others who find themselves faced with the same sense of loss of a beloved companion. Dan has raised the bar in the pet aftercare industry by forming a company which is trustworthy, credible, and dedicated to honoring the pets of each and every client he serves.

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San Diego County
120 N Pacific St #C-4
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 510-1010

Orange County
27068 La Paz Rd. #770
Aliso Viejo, 92656
(949) 313-8030

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Michael Rodgers
Michael Rodgers
23:56 29 Jun 17
Our dachshund was taken by a hive of African bees. Traumatic on the kids, and us. We decided to cremate and plan to place some ashes and plant into a tree urn so his life continues. The guys at Angel Paws were very kind and helpful. The service was fast and he came back to us within a week. The wooden urn supplied in our package was very nicely personalized. I recommend this company to help in these sad situations
Norman Black Jr
Norman Black Jr
09:16 07 Mar 17
Angel Paws Pet Cremation is a fantastic pet crematory. I lost a cat of 16 years that I really loved, but what they provide gave me closure she's at peace. They gave me a bit of her hair, along with a paw print, two poems, a certificate of cremation, and a beautiful box with her name on it. Coming from San Diego, this was absolutely worth the drive.
Ryan Snook
Ryan Snook
22:17 18 Apr 17
I have had a terrible experience with this place so far. After being told I can come back in and pick up the remains of my dog, I have stopped by twice during advertised business hours (online and on the door); both during the week... once around 11 AM and once around 3 PM. With both instances there was nobody on site and nobody answered the phone. This place needs to get their act together if they are going to be in a sensitive industry. Still trying to collect remains. Would never recommend after such an unprofessional experience.
06:02 29 May 16
I had a 19 year old chi chi. Angle paws help me feel loved, cared about, and gave back more than I expected for sure. Wonderful experience for the hardest time in my life. Thanks Tammy
00:44 07 Apr 16
You guys were awesome! Thanks so much for taking care of my pet after she passed
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