EPHRATA - Grant County K9 Grizzly officially retired during a recent meeting with Grant County commissioners.

Deputy David De La Rosa and Grizzly were in attendance while commissioners signed a resolution declaring Grizzly as retired, surplus and authorized the sale of the K9 to De La Rosa.

Grizzly started with the sheriff’s office four years ago and was the first K9 in service to start the K9 patrol unit. Grizzly was responsible for multiple captures as well as a life-saving find of an at-risk male subject with dementia.

“Grizzly was a tremendous asset to the sheriff’s office but glad he gets to enjoy retirement,” Sheriff Tom Jones stated.

The sheriff’s office decided to retire Grizzly due to ongoing medical issues.

Grizzly will continue to live with De La Rosa during his retirement. De La Rosa remains a K9 handler and is now partnered with K9 Hawk, who recently completed certification and is now on patrol.

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