Sheriff’s K-9 ‘recovering well’ after tracking suspect into contaminated lake

KCSO: a deputy rowed out on the lake to bring the suspect, officer and K-9 back to shore

Kitsap County Sheriff’s K-9 Heiko is recovering well at home after tracking down a suspect Monday into an E. coli filled Kitsap Lake.

K-9 Heiko received immediate first aid and quickly obtained medical treatment from a veterinarian, KCSO states.

Around 11 a.m. Labor Day, a deputy was patrolling the Kitsap Lake boat ramp when a suspect who had an arrest warrant for third-degree malicious mischief ran into the brush, according to KCSO. K-9 Heiko and his handler were called in to track down the suspect.

Heiko successfully tracked the suspect into Kitsap Lake — which has been closed since July 24 due to high levels of E. coli bacteria — where the suspect was taken into custody, KCSO said. Last week, the Kitsap Public Health District issued a no-contact order due to potentially toxic cyanobacteria in the water as well.

A deputy had to row out on the lake to bring the suspect, officers and K-9 Heiko back to shore, where they were decontaminated by Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, according to KCSO.

“First responders, both two-legged and four-legged face many unexpected dangers each day to protect the communities they have vowed to serve,” a Facebook post by KCSO states. “Once again, we say thank you to K-9 Heiko and his handler and all the officers, who without hesitation for their own personal safety, showed their dedication and commitment to Kitsap County.”

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