On Friday, April 18, KOMO 4 News reported that K9 siblings Jaeger and Ziva nabbed suspects in two separate cases only hours apart. According to Seattle Police, K9s Jaeger and Ziva successfully tracked down two suspects on the night of Thursday, April 17.
The K9 German Shepherd siblings, who are from the same litter, began their crime busting spree with Jaeger's arrest. The police dog helped fellow officers track down a man who was suspected of attacking someone earlier that day. The man, who was also wanted on a drug warrant, was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of felony harassment.
Only an hour later that same night, police dog Ziva made her arrest. Officers arrived after they received a call regarding a group of people on the roof of a vacant building. According to the caller, the persons were hitting a compressor with a sledgehammer.
The suspects ran when the officers arrived, but K9 Ziva found them hiding - two in a closet and a third hiding in a roof vent. The three suspects were booked into jail for investigation of burglary.
Jaeger and Ziva were born on November 15, 2007 and were raised by Seattle Police Officer Rory Smith as part of the "von Grunheide Shepherds" police puppy program. The von Grunheide German Shepherds program has officers help raise, socialize, and train potential future police dogs.
German Shepherds like Jaeger and Ziva are known to be loyal, loving, protective, and dependable. According to the American Kennel Club, the German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. The breed is also popular for military, police, and guard work, as well as being a loving family member.
Jaeger began working for the Seattle Police Department with Officer Smith in 2009 as one of the 11 Seattle Police Generalist patrol dog teams. His sister, Ziva, is one of only two female tracking dogs in Washington. Ziva and her partner, Mark Wong, have been a K9 team for more than three years. According to Officer Wong, it's wonderful to partner with his K9.
"Ziva is a wonderful dog. It's a pleasure working with her and being in the Canine Unit," he stated. "She makes going to work very enjoyable!"
Patrol dogs are a vital part of the Seattle Police force: they work seven nights a week, 365 nights a year, to support patrol officers and assist in the apprehension of fleeing suspects.
When they are not protecting the public, Jaeger and Ziva live with their handlers and enjoy playing ball and occasionally hanging out one another.
You can learn more about the Seattle Police K9 Unit by visiting their website here.