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UCSO to restore K9 unit

UCSO K9 Yosh retired in 2014 and died a month later. (UCSO photo)

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is reinstituting its K9 program. Sheriff Terry Rowan says the credit goes to Deputy Cody Marcum who researched the possibility, completed all the paperwork, and even applied for a $20,000 grant from the Wildhorse Foundation.

“I’m told sort of unofficially that we’ve been awarded that grant,” Rowan said. “Along with it, the insurance agent group here in Pendleton has agreed to donate an additional $5,000.”

Marcum will be spending six weeks in training with his dog at Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania. When he returns in February, he’ll undergo Oregon certification.

“He’ll actually go and pick out his dog and get acquainted with it prior to the academy,” Rowan said. “They want to make sure that there’s a good chemistry there between the handler and the dog.”

The office’s last K9 was Yosh, a German shepherd who was instrumental in finding a wanted murderer hiding in the duct work of the Pendleton Convention Center in 2013. He retired in June 2014 to the home of his handler and only a month later he died from poisoning.

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