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Anderson police to retire their K-9, Nikita

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jun 20 2013 05:23:08 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 20 2013 05:39:46 PM CDT
ANDERSON, Calif. -

After five years of service, Anderson Police is getting ready to retire one of their K-9s, 7-year-old Nikita.

The German shepherd has worked with Officer Stephen Harper since February 2008.

"He’s probably saved my life more times than times than I'll ever know just by him barking, being there, and people knowing he’s there," said Officer Harper.

Nikita has been involved in many cases including ones involving narcotics, stolen property, finding suspects and even an officer's worst nightmare – apprehending a wanted fugitive who was wanted in an officer-involved shooting.

"He’s been put into situations that would have been real dangerous for officers to go into,” said Officer Harper.

The Anderson Police department is getting ready to have a spaghetti fundraiser to raise funds for the dog that will replace Nikita. The spaghetti fundraiser will be put on by the Anderson Veterans of Foreign Wars.