WALLA WALLA – The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office received a nearly $20,000 Christmas present just before the actual holiday this year with the addition of two police dogs.
The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Foundation ponied up $9,600 each for a German shepherd named Gudy and a Malinois (Belgian shepherd) named Farel. Both dogs are from Adlerhorst International Inc., a police dog training center in California.
“They’ve been here for a couple of weeks,” said Undersheriff Edward Freyer. “They’re both with our K-9 officers for a get-to-know-you period.”
Deputy Dale Preas has been paired with Gudy. The canine Farel has been assigned to Deputy Travis Goodwin.
According to Freyer, the dogs and handlers will attend a 10-week training course starting the first week of February.
Freyer said the dogs will be trained in tracking, protection and other police work, and at least one will likely get drug dog training in the future.
“It’s really exciting,” Freyer said.