[11/25/16] Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Ruben On Board

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The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office welcomed their newest addition to the team by way of a new K9, Ruben.

Ruben is a Narcotics Detection Dog, and is an 18-month old pit bull mix.


Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant, Bruce Long, supervises the K9 sector. He says Ruben first learned his general commands from a program that links dog training with prisoners…

112416 CCSO New K9 1 :34 “…help us find drugs.”

Ruben’s handler is Deputy Mark Hegberg.

Sergeant Long says Ruben was named after a longtime Under sheriff for Chelan County Sheriff’s Office…

112416 CCSO New K9 2 :47 “….after ruben rose.”

Long adds that the addition of Ruben brings the K9 Unit to four…

112416 CCSO New K9 3 :35 “….search and rescue dog.”

When the Sheriff’s Office decides to purchase a K9- they send out a notice to deputies to see who is interested in becoming a handler.

But, as Sergeant Long says, it’s not as simple as it sounds…

112416 CCSO New K9 4 :34 “….a pretty big deal.”

Also of note, Ruben is a rescue dog. From a Shelter in Bellingham.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is funded by donations- you can donate by calling the Chief Civil Deputy at 667-6835.