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In spring 2020 – and after months of planning and training - K9 Pooch joined the Snoqualmie Police Department. This past fall Pooch expanded his skills to North Bend.
Pooch is trained in the canine art of illegal narcotic detection and has been making a big impact in the upper Snoqualmie Valley in a short amount of time. Last August he helped Washington State Patrol Troopers confiscate an estimated $6 million worth of heroin and fentanyl near the I-90 / SR 18 interchange.
The idea of adding an anti-narcotic dog to the Snoqualmie Police Department began in 2019. Local nonprofit Friends of Snoqualmie Valley K9 was established and funds the canine narcotic detection program, including the acquisition of Pooch, the handler training program, veterinarian visits, food, and other expenses.
SPD Officer Fischbeck underwent extensive training with multiple canine candidates during the intensive program before it was determined he and Pooch were the best match. From there as they say, the rest is history.
Captain Almquist said, “Pooch is an asset to our department and has proved his skills in detecting and helping keep illegal narcotics out of the Snoqualmie Valley. The focus of the program is stopping the transportation and sale of illegal narcotics, but Pooch is also a key educational tool used to launch important discussions with North Bend and Snoqualmie children about the negative impact of drugs.”
K9 Pooch is a very approachable, 1-year old yellow lab. The anti-narcotic canine detection program does not increase the cost of North Bend’s police service contract with the Snoqualmie Police Department.
SPD Officer Fischbeck and K9 Pooch