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SEQUIM- The Sequim Police Department’s sole canine, Chase, is expected to undergo surgery in early February to remove a possibly cancerous mass near his lower intestine.
Chase joined the Sequim Police Department in early 2008 and has served the department specializing in the tracking and apprehension of wanted persons.
Throughout his career, Chase has been a significant part of the City of Sequim, participating in public demonstrations, serving as a driving force behind the Sequim Dog Park agility course, and assisting in fundraising activities.
Chase has over 250 applications that include more than 90 tracks for suspects and 65 building searches in his work with the Police Department and handler Sergeant Mike Hill. He has captured or assisted in the arrest of more than 100 wanted persons and assisted neighboring agencies over 100 times so far in his eight year career.
While Chase was likely to retire in 2016, his recent illness was a sudden surprise. The procedure is expected to greatly improve Chase’s health and future.
The Sequim Police Department K-9 Unit began in 2000 and has been funded almost exclusively on donations from the public and local businesses. Those generous donations covered the costs of purchasing, training, feeding, and health care for Chase and his predecessors Huey and Titus.
Donations can be made to this valuable law enforcement program by contacting the Sequim Police Department, located at 152 W. Cedar Street, or by phone at (360) 683-7227. 100% of donations made out to the “Sequim Police Department K-9 Program” go directly to support the program.