Gilbert Takes on Two New K-9 Dogs as Two Retire
Gilbert, Ariz.- Two new dogs are joining the Gilbert Police Department K-9 Unit, and they’re ready to take a bite out of crime. Lenz and Bono arrived from a training program in Holland about a month ago. They are brothers, from the same litter, and will be joining their other brother Murphy, who is already working with GPD.
“I can’t think of another agency that has three of their dogs from the same line from the same litter,” said Officer Justin Betts, who is certified to work with Lenz. He says the Dutch Shepard is getting used to his new surroundings.
“He’s adjusting very well,” said Betts. “The heat kind of slows him down a little bit I think all these dogs do that, they have to get used to it.”
Bono’s partner in crime-fighting is Officer Greg Thomas, who has been with the K-9 Unit for 18 years and has handled several dogs.
“Every dog brings new challenges but I’m definitely excited,” he said. “The dog goes home and is part of your family and then I take him to work so we’re together all day,every day in some capacity.”
Lenz and Bono will continue training when they’re not working calls, to refine their skills and prepare for any environment. Some of that time will be in a new training facility under construction, thanks to the generous donations of the Perform Air Cares charity.
As Lenz and Bono join the K-9 Unit, two others will be retiring. Chucky and Zorro will be recognized for their service at a Gilbert Council meeting next month.