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Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia’s capital Friday as they wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies.
Yakima County sheriff’s deputies and police officers say they make sure that their canine partners have as much protection as possible when they leap into harm’s way, both with body armor or fellow officers backing them up.
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.
A Spokane County police dog named Ekko, who has served the public for six years, retired on March 1.
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.
A Spokane County sheriff's dog took down a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle early Wednesday morning.
Four people were arrested after police pumped tear gas and released a K-9 into a north side apartment this morning during a six-hour SWAT team standoff.
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.
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.