Some concerned about loss of K-9 in Gladstone

Some concerned about loss of K-9 in Gladstone

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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 9:07 PM

GLADSTONE, Ore. -- The Gladstone police K-9 program was discontinued after its only police dog reportedly bit four police officers, said Chief Jim Pryde.

Three of the officers were hospitalized after "Dyno" bit them, according to police memos. His handler, officer Steve Mixson, stepped down.

The department recruited for the position, but no officers applied, Pryde said. So the program ended.

Dyno's future was still under review, city councilor Neal Resiner said Wednesday morning.

The dog may be purchased by another agency or by officer Mixson, Resiner said. Police plan to present a recommendation next month to the city.

A well-trained K-9 can be a big help in fighting crime.

Beaverton police officer and K-9 trainer Tony Bastinelli said the dogs can track down drugs or anything with a human odor, and they can do it a lot quicker than humans.

Some people who live in Gladstone said they’re concerned there won’t be a K-9 team protecting their community any more.

“I think the police dogs really work well within the community. They chase down the bad guys and stuff like that,” said Karen Deforest, who lives in Gladstone.

But City Councilman Len Nelson assured that the community will still be very safe.

“This is just an add-on tool. The canine is a tool,” he said.

He added that if the city does need K-9 help, they will pull from a neighboring jurisdiction.

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KGW reporter Mike Benner contributed to this report.

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