ST. MARIES, ID - A former Nez Perce Tribal Police Officer who moved to a different Idaho law enforcement agency is fighting to keep his partner, K9 Officer "Ruger." Dustin Pulley left the Lapwai-based department for the Benewah County Sheriff's Office about two weeks ago because his wife wanted to relocate closer to family and she had been hired as a dispatcher for that agency.
Pulley says he left after making a verbal agreement with Julie Cane, an attorney with the Tribe's Law and Order Committee to purchase Ruger.
"I agreed to pay for the price for Ruger and use my annual and comp time which is about $4,500," Pulley says.
Pulley says this week he received a call from a Tribal Police Captain telling him to turn Ruger in to a Moscow kennel by tomorrow.
"Now after being gone for almost two weeks they want to try and take Ruger back and see if they can place him with another handler. They are not only taking him, but he is a son to me," Pulley says.