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Faced with a life of police patrols, chasing suspects and drug hunts, the Spokane Police Department’s newest recruit has just one thing to do for the next few months: play.
Ajax, a 2-month-old German shepherd, is due for lots of tug-of-war in a newly reinstated police puppy training program after his breeder, Nikolay Lungu, of Pullman, donated him to the department.
Touched by the recent shooting of now-retired police dog Var, Lungu, owner of the Pullman-based German shepherd breeding business I-Guard International, said he agreed to donate the puppy after being contacted by Spokane K-9 trainer Shawn Kendall.
The Spokane Police’ puppy program produced Ajax, a German shepherd puppy which will one day be a working police dog. But for now, the two-month-old is happy to make friends and play tug of war with caretaker Jay Kernkamp, a police officer who volunteered to raise the puppy until training starts.
A Pullman (WA) man motivated by the shooting of a Spokane police dog has given the department a German shepherd puppy.
Nick Lungu breeds and trains the dogs for his business, I-Guard International. He sells the animals for as much as $2,500 each but gave the Spokane Police Department first pick of his latest litter after reading of the March shooting of Var, a longtime police dog.
Police say Officer Dan Lesser shot and killed Johnnie Longest, 22, after Longest shot Var.
The puppy, named Ajax after the mythological hero, will be raised by Officer Jay Kernkamp as part of the Spokane police K-9 unit’s puppy program.
“This program, due to its careful selection process, has been extremely successful in producing some of the region’s finest police service dogs,” according to a news release prepared by Officer Kevin King.