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Porterville police officers Cody Dean and Gary Miller know how to handle their Belgian malinois.
Having earned seven trophies at the Second Annual South Valley K9 trials earlier this month, they were distinguished as the “Top Team” for accumulating the highest combined score in such tests as agility, area search and protection. They, along with their sharp-nosed pooches Dodge and Seven, were stacked against tough competition — 22 law enforcement agencies as large as the Fresno and Bakersfield police departments.
“For them to do as well as they did, compared to the larger agencies, it’s very impressive,” Sgt. Brian Nix, who leads the local K9 unit said. “I’m very proud of them.”
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A rookie police dog that became distracted and chased a stray dog instead of a gunman—who was later killed by officers—has returned to duty after retraining.Konan, an 18-month-old German shepherd, underwent more than 40 hours of additional training and passed courage and obedience tests, Sgt. Melvin Johnson told the Bakersfield Californian for a story published Friday.
On Jan. 4, Konan was released to chase Jose Jesus Peyan-Leal but he ran after a small black dog instead.
Konan had only a month’s training at the time.
The dog is “not a machine. He has a heart and soul of his own,” said Johnson, who is in charge of police dogs. “We have done everything we can to reiterate his training. We hope that our dogs never fail.”
“The dog learns from experience,” Johnson said. “And when it goes perfect, they’re beautiful animals.”
Peyan-Leal, 22, of Bakersfield, was an immigrant who was wanted for murder in Mexico and had a history of car thefts in Kern County, according to police and court records.
Police said he shot and wounded a man in the stomach and stole his sport utility vehicle on Jan. 4. Police chased the stolen SUV for about 10 minutes. Peyan-Leal crashed the vehicle through a gate at Bakersfield Municipal Airport, where it was chased around hangars and runways. The SUV finally flipped over in a nearby empty lot.
Police said Peyan-Leal sat in the SUV for several minutes as police ordered him to surrender and smashed a window. He then got out and began to run with a gun in his hand.Officers shot him and he died about 12 hours laterordered him to surrender and smashed a window. He then got out and began to run with a gun in his hand.Officers shot him and he died about 12 hours later.