MOSES LAKE - The Moses Lake Police Department has added a second K9 to go along with K9 Chief.
K9 Rex, partnered with officer Brad Zook, was introduced Monday afternoon at the Paul Lauzier Foundation in Ephrata.
“We’re at the Lauzier Foundation because the Lauzier Foundation last year gave us a grant of $20,500 to help purchase our second dog,” Chief Kevin Fuhr said following a naming ceremony at the foundation.
Moses Lake police also had some help from Kenna Morrison, who raised more than $20,000 selling slime last year.
Rex, a 14-month-old Belgian Malinois, is a familiar name at the Lauzier Foundation, going back three generations, according to Foundation Trustee Mike Rex Tabler.
K9 Rex will join K9 Chief, who has now been on the road for the department for about 10 months and has made about 30 captures.
“Chief has done a phenomenal job and this is why we’re expanding the program to one more dog just because dogs make a difference,” Fuhr said. “They really help officers with officer safety and to be able to apprehend some of these violent offenders.”
Zook and Rex have both started the K9 training program, and will head to Spokane next week to finish the final six weeks, with hopes to be ready in mid to late June.