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UPDATED: Puyallup PD wants help naming new police dog

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 31, 2012 at 6:08 am with 2 Comments »
May 31, 2012 10:47 am
Puyallup officer Kevin Karuzas and his new partner/Courtesy of Puyallup PD

The Puyallup Police Department has a new police dog and it wants the community’s help in naming him.

The 20-month-old German shepherd, which was purchased for around $6,000, has already visited students at Maplewood, Meeker and Stewart Elementary schools. Soon, he and his handler, officer Kevin Karuzas, will attend a three-month K-9 police academy.

But first, the four-pawed officer needs a name.

The elementary students have suggested Kruz, Kash, Kane, Gage and Jagger as possible names.

“The police department is very interested in hearing from the community to help give the new K-9 his permanent name,” a community alert stated.  “Community members can either select from the list above, or nominate a new name altogether.”

You can vote here. The department would like to name the dog by early next week.

The new dog will replace Puyallup police K-9 Daro, who is scheduled to retire in June. Daro worked the streets for more than nine years, capturing criminals and sniffing out evidence with his partner, officer Doug Kitts.

Daro was stabbed in January 2010 by a suspected shoplifter.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. rosehaven says:

    These dogs and their partners have impressive records. Nice to see their picture!

    We lived on McChord years ago when they set up a dog unit for the military and certain dogs could be donated. We had two very large labs in housing & this was before there was security on the housing gate.

    The dogs were on 25 foot chains, as they were not allowed to run loose. Bow was black and Nugget was gold. He was so very big by the time he stopped growing!

    One night we heard him take off, as he’d wear out his chain or break it, but didn’t go far! There were thieves two doors down removing a drive shaft from a neighbors van! They took off, stalled their truck on the corner, so they ran off base! He sure gave them a good chase.

  2. biblethumper says:

    That German Shepherd should be named “Adolph” or “Hitler” or Thumper…

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