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Police Dog That Barks, Won’t Bite, Shifted to Smaller-Town Duty

February 27, 1991

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) _ Rex’s bark is worse than his bite.

For a police dog, that spells trouble.

″There comes a time when he’s got to be able to bite somebody on command, no matter what’s happening,″ said Rex’s partner, Spokane Patrolman Brad Nave.

So after 18 months on the Spokane force, Rex - a 5-year-old Dutch Malinois - is being sold to the police in this nearby college town.

″He’s a little more social and more tolerant than most of our dogs,″ said Spokane Sgt. Ron Erickson, who oversees the city’s five-dog canine corps.

That’s OK with Cheney Police Chief Jerry Gardner, who persuaded the city council Tuesday night to buy the dog for $1,500.

In this city of about 8,000 people, home to Eastern Washington University, Rex will undergo a few months of additional training. He will be used to track lost people, detect hidden drugs, recover evidence and - in his own biteless fashion - intimidate unruly crowds, Gardner said.

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