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K-9 that helped capture Garver one part of elite force

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K-9 Gunnar helped capture escaped accused murderer Anthony Garver K-9 Gunnar helped capture escaped accused murderer Anthony Garver
SPOKANE, Wash. -

We can't forget the heroes behind the capture of accused murderer Anthony Garver. Spokane County Sheriff deputies say that Garver was found in a heavily wooded area under debris in Spokane County near his family's home.

Thanks to officers and a tip from a family in the area, they got him after an intense search but it's much more than just the people involved. They say it wouldn't have been possible without K-9 officer Gunnar. But Gunnar is one part of an elite force that puts bad guys behind bars.

"Our toughest tracks are in the city, when we are dealing with all kinds of people walking, a lot of hard surface like concrete and blacktop. In the woods, people run into the woods and that's bad for them because that's good for us," said Bob Bond, a Canine Coordinating Trainer with the sheriff's office

Bond says the dogs' keen sense of smell is crucial. They can smell stress, like from a person they need to find. "It takes a lot out of them, I mean that sniffing. It's like you going out and running 5 miles just to do half a mile or mile track." He's got his own K-9 named Jet who is 8 years old. He's just like any other dog but takes down the bad guys.

It can be hard on the handler to keep up. "You often find yourself falling and tripping and lots of times, you are following their scents," said Bond.

K-9 officers go through an incredible amount of training just like the dogs who work with Spokane Police, not only in sniffing, but biting.

Some of the best conditions for them to track is when it's nice and cool, especially in the woods. So not only are the dogs a great tool, they're social and go home with their handlers to have family time. "He's the best dog I've ever had," said Bond.

KHQ found out that the sheriff's office has a total of six canine units. A dog's career can last up to 10 years. They are also brought in from oversees. Jet is from Germany.

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