Hoquiam, WA - Police are caring for a wounded officer, and as Chief Jeff Myers tells us, they were hoping to help K9 Enno (N-OH) retire on a high note this week with school visits, but the department thought it would be too hard on him as he is suffering from a malignant tumor behind his left eye. Even though Myers said Enno still walks over to the patrol car in the morning and “wants to go to work”.
Enno's handler, Sergeant Jeff Salstrom told fellow officers this week that he is working with veterinarians to make Enno more comfortable in his last days. Myers said this morning After around eight years of service as an apprehension and narcotics canine, it looks like cancer is going to end ENNO's career and his life.
Myers said "We are very sad and this is pretty sensitive right now. In fact, his handler (and daddy), Sgt. Jeff Salstrom, is evaluating what we can do to make ENNO more comfortable. We have an appointment next week to try to shrink the tumor with a veterinary specialist, but the tumor seems to be growing radically by the day.
Myers said this morning "As a commissioned officer with a badge and "arrest" powers, this is very hard on everyone at HPD. ENNO has been a great dog who was effective but also very friendly. I think we received as much positive public relations with ENNO as captures. I know people on the Harbor love their animals and ENNO is deserving of recognition as any one else whom has dedicated their lives to public safety."
Enno has worked cases spanning Grays Harbor and surrounding counties, including the shooting of then-State Patrol Trooper and now Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson.