Retired K-9 honored for her work with Yakima Police Department

Retired K-9 honored for her work with Yakima Police Department (Photo: Project K-9 Hero)

YAKIMA, Wash. - A retired K-9 is getting the recognition she deserves with a nomination as the 2018 Law Enforcement Dog of the Year.

Action News first learned of Flash, the inspiration behind Project K-9 Hero, shortly after former Yakima police officer Jason Johnson started the foundation when he realized working dogs were not being taken care of after retirement.

The foundation helps cover medical costs for retired police K-9s, as Johnson said most of the time their owners can't afford those costs.

Flash has certainly come a long way. Project K-9 Hero leaders said she started out as a puppy on death row in Everett, and is now the star in a children's book, "K-9 Flash Becomes a Hero!"

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards have nominated the German Shepherd/Cattle Dog mix for her work with the Yakima Police Department from 2005 to 2013.

An expert narcotics sniffer, Flash conducted high risk search warrants for narcotics with the Patrol Division, two separate Narcotics Task Force Units and the Regional SWAT Team.

According to her bio, she had been credited with over 3,000 K-9 deployments and over 2,200 narcotic finds in her long career.

Voting in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards begins February 28.

You can vote for Flash here.

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