Union Gap Suspends K-9 Unit



The city of Union Gap suspends a K-9 unit at its police department.

The city suspended the unit indefinitely about a week ago -- sending it's black lab, Daisy, into early retirement.

Council members say the police department doesn't use the dog often, and can borrow a K-9 unit from other cities when needed.

Daisy was set to retire next November, however, and cutting the K-9 unit now will save the city about 50 thousand dollars in the next year.

"We appreciate the handler and Daisy for the work that they did provide to the citizens not only in the city of Union Gap, but in the Greater Yakima Valley," said Jensen, "[It's a] Good program, very important, it's just an unfortunate time for all governmental agencies to be looking at where can we and where can't we cut costs."

Jensen says the city plans on bringing the K-9 unit back in the near future.

Daisy will be offered up for sale to her handler.