Last EPD K-9 Officer Retires

- January 24, 2014 - The Erie Police Department is saying goodbye to its last K-9 officer and his four-legged partner.

Pete Dregalla was the last K-9 officer for the Erie Police Department.

He and his 7-year-old German Shepard Sunder are retiring after many years of service.

Erie Bureau of Police started the K-9 Corps in 1967.

Dregalla has been an officer for 28 years but has been handling dogs for 22 years.

He picked his latest dog, Sunder out of 15 dogs at a kennel in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania back in 2008.

He says Sunder and the other four dogs he's handled have been great partners, helping with crowd control and drug detection.

Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers says the future of the K-9 department remains to be seen.

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