Spokane police training new dog

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009, 9:01 A.M.

Spokane police are training a new police dog to replace one that was nearly killed in the line of duty.

A German Shepherd named Rav is in training to become a new K-9 asset for the Spokane Police Department.

He will replace Var, an eight-year veteran who was shot in the face and leg when a traffic stop turned into a deadly shooting last month. Var has retired.

Rav is a 3-year-old German Shepherd from Holland who is going through an eight-week training course.

His handler, Officer Dan Lesser, said Rav is Var spelled backward.

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