Sheriff's office mourns passing of K-9 Dakota


March 31, 2022

To The Eagle:

Editor: Sheriff Mark Howie alerted us to this announcement:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our K-9 Dakota. Dakota suffered from a very aggressive cancer in her chest and her health declined rapidly in the last few weeks. She passed peacefully at the Country Pet Veterinary Clinic with Undersheriff Gary Howell, Terrie Howell and Sheriff Howie and his wife Debra by her side. K-9 Dakota has been with the Sheriff's Office for 12 years.

During that time Undersheriff Howell trained with her by his side, raising her and certifying her to become our county drug dog. She discovered and alerted to numerous hidden drugs on many cases. This includes search warrants where she assisted outside agencies to include the Coast Guard and neighboring counties, finding drugs and narcotics including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

Undersheriff Howell took K-9 Dakota to many school functions, assemblies, and community events, becoming a near and dear mascot for the Wahkiakum community.

We want to thank all of the residents and businesses who helped contribute to the care and training of the Sheriff's Office K-9. And we extend a warm thank you to veterinarian Lisa Bartel from the Country Vet Clinic who gave her time and dedication to care for Dakota during her 12 years of life.

R.I.P. K-9 Dakota; your life was dedicated to public service and you will always be remembered.

Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office


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