Six years ago, James Wiater, a carpentry school teacher, wrote and published his first children’s book called “The Adventures of Solo, the Big Dog”. With the proceeds from the sale, he hoped to purchase a ballistic vest for a K9 in need. The book was an instant success and Wiater sold enough copies in six months to achieve his goal! But this story started many years earlier, when in 1998 he read a magazine article about a NJ Sheriff K9 who was at the scene of a police standoff in Bradley Beach, NJ. As the situation unfolded, a wanted suspect had barricaded himself in a local apartment building and managed to keep the police at bay for twenty-two hours. After several failed attempts to get the suspect out of the building, the decision was made to send a K9 in to apprehend him. The article stated that as K9 Officer Robin Eckel was preparing his K9 partner, Solo, to enter the building, he had a feeling that he was never going to see him again. Without reservation, Solo entered the building as he was trained to do and while approaching the barricaded room, he was shot and killed. After reading that story Wiater made a promise to himself that one day he would buy a ballistic vest for a police K9. It took many years but Wiater’s book, “The Adventures of Solo, The Big Dog” helped make that dream come true. The plot of the story came to Wiater one evening while trying to comfort his twin daughters Nicole and Kaci, distraught about losing their baby teeth. That night, Wiater wrote his story down, turned it into a children’s book, and decided to title it in honor of the fallen hero, Solo. In 2017 James Wiater kept the promise he had made to himself so many years ago, and donated a ballistic vest to the Monmouth County, NJ Sheriff’s Office—the same Sheriff’s office that Solo had served. The book sales continued and Wiater was able to donate two more vests that very same year. As more K9 officers learned of the book and the mission behind it, more requests for vests and other K9 safety equipment came pouring in. Wiater realized that his promise had grown into something larger and he decided to start a nonprofit in 2020 called “The Friends of Solo Foundation”, which continues to provide safety equipment to K9’s throughout the United States. To date, James Wiater and the foundation have been able to donate 20 vests, 24 trauma kits and other safety equipment to K9’s in need. Wiater has since written his second book of the series called, “The Adventures of Solo, Military Training”. To make a donation, become a sponsor, purchase a Friends of Solo children’s book or Solo apparel, please visit the Friends of Solo website at www.FriendsofSoloFoundation.org or, find the Foundation on Facebook and Instagram @FriendsofSolo

BANDON, Ore. – Coos County Sheriff’s Office K9 Cena helped apprehend an assault suspect in Bandon Sunday night.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that at around 8:49 p.m., Coos County Sheriff’s Office and Bandon Police responded to a report of an assault on Rosa Road.

The investigation revealed that a male who had been located on the victim’s property assaulted the victim after being confronted for trespassing. The male left the area on foot.

Sergeant Adam Slater and K9 Cena tracked the suspect for about a half mile. Sgt. Slater and Cena located the suspect hiding in the brush in the back yard of a home on Astor Lane. 41-year-old Robert Senn was arrested and taken to the Coos County Jail. Read More

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — With the help of police K9 dog Luna, drugs and $190,920 in cash were recovered at Oakland International Airport, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday. The drug bust included the recovery of ketamine, methamphetamine, MDA, LSD, and marijuana.

  • 86.8 grams of ketamine
  • 3.5 pounds of meth
  • 1.2 pounds of MDA
  • 1.66 pounds of LSD
  • 39.5 grams of marijuana
  • 147 grams of pressed pills Read More

As it turns out, dogs are helping catch criminals in Iredell County.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9s recently sniffed out more than 100 pounds of illegal drugs during a traffic stop.

Whatever Sergeant Leo Hayes asks Connie to do, the K-9 is on it. Connie has a nose for the scent of trouble.

“When she smells the odor of illegal drugs, she freezes, her tail goes straight, she quits breathing– I can’t tell a dog to do that, that’s her way of telling me like hey there is drugs in that car,” Sergeant Leo Hayes said. “The dogs think that they’re searching for a toy that has the odor of the drugs that they’re trained to find.” Read More

A K9 with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is getting a few extra treats following a major drug bust on Wednesday.

Officials with the OBN say K9 Yeko intercepted 9 kilos of fentanyl that was being trafficked through Oklahoma.

The department says the fentanyl was enough to make over 90,000 counterfeit pills with a street value of $3.6 million.

In September, the Drug Enforcement Agency issued a Public Safety Alert about the increasing number of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine entering the country. The pills are sometimes deadly, and are being mass-produced by criminal drug networks.

DEA testing indicates a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl – which is considered a deadly dose and could fit on the tip of a pencil. Read More

The future of the K-9 unit at the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department is getting a boost thanks to a donation by Gun Lake Casino. Gun Lake Casino is donating $4,000 to cover the cost of K-9 training, according to a Facebook post from the casino Friday. The department currently has four dogs, but three of them are set to retire in the next few years. Health issues has left the K-9 unit down a four-legged officer as early as March. Two of the other three are scheduled to retire in the next three years. The donation will help the one remaining K-9, Thor, to participate in a five week training program. Read More

When a suspected criminal ran from police and tried to steal vehicles from people sitting at a red light, Remy and his handler leapt into action.

Remy, a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix, is a K-9 with the Port Arthur Police Department, where he is paired with Officer Ashton Moss.

“When I arrived with my dog, I gave (the suspect) a bunch of warnings to give up and he didn’t and I sent my dog,” Moss said from inside the department’s training room this week.

The suspect tried to jump on top of a car, Moss said, and Remy followed and pulled the man down.

PAPD has a long history of working with canine counterparts. Decades ago there was a team who handled bloodhounds. Currently the handlers have Belgian Malinois, one has a German Shepherd and Moss has the mixed dog. Read More