Ask Joe: Why Was Washoe County Sheriff's Car Spotted in Iowa?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 6/17/2013 6:54 pm
Our question from the Ask Joe File comes long distance tonight:  All the way from Iowa.
Jeff Royston wrote in asking about something that caught his eye recently. Jeff was staying at a hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa on business and he noticed a Washoe County Sheriff's vehicle in the parking lot.  He wants to know what our sheriff is doing in the middle of Iowa ?
Jeff even sent in a photo of the vehicle in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn in Bettendorf.
You can  see it is clearly a washoe county what was it doing there ?
I checked with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. They tell me that was a canine vehicle and the handler was back east getting training with the new dog.   The sheriff's office purchases all of its dogs from the Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana.  They take their vehicle so the dog can get trained jumping in and out of the car that it will be working in.   The dogs and their handlers go through a three week certification course before coming back here to go to work.
  Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam says the price for each dog, including training and transportation runs about $14,000. 
  I asked Balaam why they don't get their dogs from someone here in Nevada and he says  there's no one else that can match the reputation of Von Liche Kennels. They have a good track record with them and that's why they go the trouble and expense of travelling across the country for their canine partners.

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