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Newest Spokane Police Recruit: Ajax

Retired K-9 officer 'Var' was shot while stopping a suspect Retired K-9 officer 'Var' was shot while stopping a suspect

SPOKANE, Wash.- A private German Shepherd breeding company has donated a pup to the Spokane Police Department that they hope will eventually become the newest member of their force.

The owner of I-Guard International, Nick Lungu, says he's been thinking about donating a dog to the force for a long time. He says, "I just want to give something back to the community who has treated me so well." Lungu, a longtime Pullman resident, decided to donate a dog after he heard about Var, the police dog that was shot a few months ago while he apprehended a suspect.

The pups go for about $2,500 apiece, but the force will get their dog for nothing, because Lungu is donating it. He delayed selling any of the pups from his current litter so that the Spokane Police Department could make their first pick.

With Lungu's help, the SPD K-9 Unit chose Red, the son of Oxana and Shamus. After some passionate, often intense, brainstorming, Red received his Police K-9 name of "Ajax", after the mythological hero. Ajax is now the newest member of the Spokane Police Department K-9 Unit's Puppy Program.

Due to it's careful selection process, the program has produced some of the regions finest Police Service Dogs. The Spokane Police Department currently has two dogs working the streets from this program.

Officer Jay Kernkamp will raise Ajax, spending the next several months working with the pup as it follows a detailed training regimen. Ajax's early months will consist of tug of war, socializing, simple obedience, environment exposure and lots of play.

The K-9 unit's trainers will work with Officer Kernkamp evaluating Ajax's progression as he matures. Although only weeks old, the SPD says Ajax is showing promise and has the potential to be one of Spokane's finest someday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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