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Yakima Police Department Shows Off New Police K-9

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Tuesday afternoon Yakima Police Officers gave us a look at their brand new Police K-9. 

Covah is 2 years old. Originally he comes to Washington from the Czech Republic. Officers brought him from California to Yakima to begin training a few weeks ago.

Covah will be handled by Officer Robert Walters who lost his former K-9 Havoc back in September when he was hit by a car. We talked to Officer Walters about what it's like to have a new K-9 apart of his family. 

"It's a different dog," Officer Walters said. "Havoc was great. Havoc was my buddy. And I've kind of accepted that Havoc was Havoc and Covah is Covah. So every dog is different, every dog has their own personality and we're starting to learn each other."

We also got a look at the Yakima County Sheriff's new K-9 Zuzza. She is the Sheriff's first K-9 in the last 25 years. 



YAKIMA, WA. -- The Yakima Police Department said goodbye Monday to a beloved member of their force. The department's K-9 unit held a memorial for Havoc, a German Shepherd who died tragically earlier this month. It was a very nice small memorial in honor of Havoc. Havoc was a German Shepherd who was just 2-years old when he escaped from his handlers back yard and was hit by a car just over three weeks ago.

Monday the department paid tribute to Havoc's 16 months of duty. It was a simple and quick ceremony with a small amount of people on hand. 

The Yakima Police Department says it has been very difficult losing Havoc, and it's been hardest on Havoc's handler, Officer Walters. But they say it's great to see people come out and support the officers. 

"When you see something like this," Lt. Gary Jones said. "It kind of rejuvenates the officers to say you know what, we work for these people and it's nice that they're involved in the process."

The department announced Monday that Officer Walters has decided to take on another K-9. A decision the department says was very difficult for him after losing Havoc. 

Now the Yakima Police Department is asking for your help. It takes about $15,000 to get a new K-9 dog and train them. They're looking for donations to help raise the money.

Monday afternoon was not only about reflecting and remembering Havoc's life, but also about looking forward to the future. With hopefully a new K-9 officer.