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Nevada City Approves Police Dog

It’s being called a win-win situation for Nevada City. The Police Department will be getting a K-9 unit, and private donations will pay for it. The Nevada City City Council heard a presentation last night from the Police Department. Part of that presentation was from Officer Randy Van Dusen from Sacramento P-D. He credits his dog Bodie for saving his life…

Listen to Randy Van Dusen


Sacramento Police Officer Randy Van Dusen, City Councilmember Jennifer Ray and her daughter Calais with retired K-9 Officer Bodie.

(That’s Bodie whimpering in the background and also chomping on his chew toy). The vet was able to save the German Shepard, but Van Dusen says because of that incident in 2012, he was able to go home to his seven year-old daughter. During public comment, there were many groups and organizations that promised to help financially, including the Sean M. Walsh Foundation. Walsh was killed in Afghanistan, but his mother Cheryl Walsh says Sean wanted to be a K-9 Officer…

Listen to Cheryl Walsh

To date, the foundation has funded eight police dogs. Start-up costs to get a K-9 run about 70-thousand dollars, including a police vehicle that can house both the dog and a suspect. The dog, which will be able to sniff for drugs as well as chase a suspect or search for a missing person, should arrive in a few months and be activated this summer. The proposal was unanimously approved by the council, and no one from the public spoke against it.

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