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Community gives ‘attaboy’ to Spokane County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit

Ten years into his career, Pepper is nearing retirement from the Spokane County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. Replacing the black Lab with a newly trained police dog will cost the county $9,000 to $10,000. To help cover the expense, a crowd of a couple hundred turned out Sunday for the third annual Canines for K9s event.

K-9s, handlers graduate from training

Sheriff’s dog Deacon lays close to the ground, ready to pounce. His eyes train on the “bad guy,” who stands several yards away. It only takes a few words from Deacon’s handler, Deputy Tyler Kullman, before the German shepherd is on Officer Paul Buchmann. His teeth sink into a tube of armor Buchmann wears on his arm to protect himself.

Fleeing dog, suspect takes dip in koi pond

A suspected gunman took a plunge into a cold koi fish pond but couldn’t hide his smell from the police dog that tracked him to his backyard hiding spot Sunday, police said. Before being carted off, Aaron P. Williams, 23, of Spokane, was checked for hypothermia. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of first-degree assault with a firearm, police said.

Deputy’s canine companion played vital role in the case

On Dec. 19, with the sun setting fast, a Dutch shepherd named Bari went to work in a trailer park in Bayview, Idaho. It was about two and a half hours after Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies had responded to a call that four people had been attacked with a hammer. Bari and his handler, Deputy Jason Shaw, were asked to try to find the weapon allegedly used in the crime.