Sheriff's Office closer to adding K-9 unit

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WALLA WALLA – The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is one step closer to getting a K-9 unit on board after the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation announced it has raised enough money to buy a dog.

According to Undersheriff Edward Freyer, the Sheriff’s Office won’t buy a dog until Deputy Dale Preas, who has been selected to be the dog handler, has the opportunity to take state mandated training.

“He finished first in the testing,” Freyer said of Preas, adding the training course may not be available until the end of the year.

“It’s kind of this timing thing,” Freyer said.

Freyer also said the Sheriff’s Office will likely chose a dog trained for tracking and finding drugs, which could cost between $8,500 and $12,000. Sending Preas to dog handling school will be an additional cost.

“The Foundation has agreed to pay for (the school) also,” Freyer said. “Which is awesome.”

— U-B staff reports

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