New Spokane County K-9 nabs 9 criminals in 10 days

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by HONORA SWANSON

KREM.com

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:48 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 11:10 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – The newest K-9 in Spokane County keeps nabbing dangerous felons and is doing it at a fast pace.

The 3-year-old German Shepherd named Laslo has tracked people for miles and caught some hiding in strange places.

Deputy Jeff Thurman and Laslo are both new to the K-9 unit. They started training together a few months ago. Laslo recently began official duty, and the department said it couldn’t ask for better.

It’s hard to compare Laslo to the other five dogs in the unit because they all have different shifts and go on different types of calls. But Thurman said working nights has given his partner a chance to perfect his skills quickly.

“On his first 10 days with me he got nine captures in those 10 days. So he's doing very well,” Thurman said.

Just last week, Laslo tracked a felon wanted by the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency. He rooted out the suspect hiding inside a porta potty in Spokane Valley.

Deputies said the department is about to lose one of the six dogs to retirement. But budget restraints make it hard to replace them right away.

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