Shelton Police Department gets a new K-9 member

The Shelton Police Department has acquired a new police dog. Stryker is the newest addition to the department, following the retirement of K-9 Jager.

Stryker and his handler, police officer Dan Loris, are scheduled to begin formal training at the police academy in February.

Stryker was purchased from Erich Grasso of Grasso Shepherds in Shelton. Grasso Shepherds has provided a number of dogs to various law enforcement agencies.

“Stryker will be a great asset to the police department and the city,” said Police Chief Joel W. Hurliman.

“Officer Loris and Stryker are eager to carry on the distinguished tradition that has been established by previous members of the Shelton Police K-9 Unit," Hurliman said.

The previous police dog, Jager, retired last month. Jager had been with the department since 2008. Jager’s handler was Shelton police officer Christopher Nugent.