A Walla Walla County police dog is now a Walla Walla city police dog.
The city of Walla Walla on Monday bought Farel, a 4-year-old Belgium Malinois, from Walla Walla County for $10,000.
This transaction came about with the lateral transfer of Farel’s handler, Deputy Travis Goodwin, from the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office to the Walla Walla Police Department, effective April 1.
Sheriff John Turner and police Chief Scott Bieber said they felt it was in the community’s best interest that the seasoned K-9 unit remain serving together as a team, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Farel and his handler will be available to serve all areas of the county when K-9 services are needed, thanks to mutual aid agreement between the departments.
Farel was originally purchased by the nonprofit Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation and then donated to the sheriff’s office canine program.
Walla Walla County commissioners on Monday earmarked proceeds from the dog’s sale for the future purchase of another sheriff’s canine. This future purchase will increase the previous two county patrol K-9 teams to three patrol K-9 teams — two sheriff’s K-9 teams and one Walla Walla team. Walla Walla police also have a drug detection canine team.
Guy Gingell, board member of the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation, said he is grateful commissioners earmarked the money. “This sends the right message to all the generous donors who originally raised these funds for a sheriff’s dog. It’s the right thing to do and it benefits us all by adding another patrol dog to serve our community,” he said in a release.