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WPD K-9 that was tossed into car may be transferred

Kaas, the K-9 placed in the car window, could be transferred to Fair Bluff Police Department. Kaas, the K-9 placed in the car window, could be transferred to Fair Bluff Police Department.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The police dog that was thrown into a suspect's car by Wilmington Police could be headed to a new department.

A resolution to transfer Kaas to the Fair Bluff Police Department is on the docket for an upcoming Wilmington City Council meeting. Wilmington Chief of Police Ralph Evangelous said the department only needs four dogs and Kaas would have made five. 

In December of 2013, Wilmington Police K-9 officer Stafford Brister lifted his dog, Kaas, into the driver side window after a police chase. Dash cam video showed the driver, Johnnie Williams, had his hands up at the time the dog entered the car. Since that incedent the dog has not had a trainer because Brister was transferred out of the K-9 squad.

Evangelous said Kaas still has three good years of service left and will be better suited in Fair Bluff.

"I'm sure multiple people are going to miss him. He belongs working. He does. That's where he functions and he's a great dog, he's a great tracker," Evangelous said.

A grand jury ruled that the incident should not result in criminal charges against the officer.

Kaas originally cost the city $9,000. City Council will vote Tuesday on whether or not to transfer him to Fair Bluff.

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