Meet K9 Nash - the Newest Member of the Canine Unit
Towards the end of 2013, it was becoming apparent that K9 Falco, who was handled by Deputy Brad Bengford, was beginning to show signs of his age and was eventually diagnosed with a back issue that was causing his discs to fuse together as well as deteriorating hips. The veterinarian advised that surgery could potentially fix the issue but would be costly and not a guarantee. It was during that time the Canine Unit was advised to begin looking for a replacement canine; a task which is not easy and can take months. Inevitably, K9 Falco retired from duty on March 15, 2014 and is now living out the rest of his life at home with Deputy Bengford and his family.
After months of searching, the Canine Unit was pleased to find K9 Nash, a 15 month old Belgian Malinois. K9 Nash joined the Unit on April 4, 2014 and was placed in an accelerated detection training regimen in order to prepare him for national trials. On April 26th, 2014, with just a few weeks of training, K9 Nash competed in the United States Police Canine Association Detector Trials in Nunn, CO. Not only did K9 Nash certify in detection, but placed in the Top 10 among Police Service Dogs with years more experience than him.