WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – There’s a new face to the Wichita Police Department East Patrol, a puppy named Nora. The terrier mix with a bark bigger than its bite hasn’t always called Patrol East home. His arrival at the station was not planned.
WPD captain Kevin Kochenderfer said a woman entered South Edgemoor station, saying she could hear what sounded like screaming or crying from a nearby dumpster. When Captain Kochenderfer checked him out, he found Nora. At only three or four months old, he found it in a crate surrounded by garbage. The officers brought her in and cleaned her up.
“Probably for a month and a half the staff and I rotated to take care of the dog for the evening, and finally after about a month she ended up at my house permanently,” Kochenderfer said.
He takes Nora to work with him every day. She serves as a kind of new member of the team. Nora even goes out on appeal.
“I’m taking him to QuikTrip. I just went to QuikTrip and everyone says, “He’s a police dog, huh?” And I say, ‘yup, that’s it.’ “
Although she did not warm up in front of the Eyewitness News camera in her office, the beloved “dumpster dog” warmed up to officers.
She already helps children involved in accidents and traumatic cases.
“Priceless, priceless positive. It is positive for the children. It’s positive for the police. It worked really well, ”said Kochenderfer.
When she is one year old, Nora will be in training and most likely be a therapy dog for children.
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