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.