SPOKANE, Wash. - Sometimes it takes a good boy, to catch a bad guy.
Tails were wagging Wednesday night as five K9s, and their handlers, graduated from the Spokane Police K9 training course.
The new graduates will serve and protect the Inland Northwest - doing things like chasing down crooks to sniffing for bombs and drugs. The intense 400 hour course lasted 10 weeks.
Loren Culp, Chief of Police in Liberty, Washington, said the course allowed him to form a strong bond with his dog, Karma, who was rescued from a high kill shelter in California.
Culp lost his former patrol K9 to cancer, and when rock star Ted Nugent found out, he launched a social media campaign to get Culp a new dog. It worked. Phoenix Protective Corporation in Spokane offered to buy Liberty PD a new pup.
Liberty PD, Yakima County, Grant County, and Moses Lake PD brought handlers and K9s to train in Spokane. K9 King and his handler, officer Brandon Fabian, are the only graduates from SPD.
"King, he's a pretty good guy. We bonded fairly quickly," Fabian said. "We had a little rough patch where we had to stare each other down a little bit."
-K9 Karma, 2 years old, was rescued from a high kill shelter out of California and will serve the Republic Police Department.
-K9 Zuza, 5-and-a-half years old, has 4 years of experience with a pervious handler and about 30 captures to date. K9 Zuza is from the Czech Republic and will serve the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.
-K9 Chewbacca, 3 years old, is also from the Czech Republic. K9 Chewbacca was donated by a citizen in Spokane and will serve the Grant County Sheriff's Office.
-K9 King, 3 years old, from Slovakia, worked 1 year with a previous handler and will serve the Spokane Police Department.
-K9 Chief, 2 years old, from Hungary will serve the Moses Lake Police Department.
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