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Spokane Police Screen K-9s For Genetically Inherited Disease

PRESS RELEASE FROM SPOKANE POLICE:

Spokane Police K-9 Unit and Paw Print Genetics partner to enhance canine genetic health

The Spokane Police Department K-9 Unit is partnering with Paw Print Genetics to improve the genetic health of dogs in the SPD K-9 Unit.  Paw Print Genetics, a canine genetic health testing company offers screening for genetically inherited diseases in dogs.  Services performed for the Spokane Police K-9 Unit will be donated by Paw Print Genetics. 

The Spokane Police Department utilizes seven canines in the K-9 Patrol Unit and provides support to SPD members and other regional law enforcement agencies by safely and efficiently searching buildings and vehicles, apprehending suspects, tracking fleeing suspects, and protecting police officers.  The canines also provide support by finding evidence, searching for lost subjects that are in extreme danger, and teaching other law enforcement agencies basic and advanced K-9 skills and tactics.   Although none of the SPD K-9s have shown signs of inherited genetic conditions, Paw Print Genetics will conduct genetic testing to provide a base-line for future health of the dogs and their breeding program.

For more information on the Spokane Police Department K-9 Unit visit: http://www.spokanepolice.org/patrol/k9

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