A veteran K9 officer at Cal Poly will retire at the end of the month, while officers train a new K9 to take their place.
Chello will go back to being a house dog after seven years of work on the Central Coast.
He spent almost five years with the Morro Bay Police Department, and then another two and a half years at Cal Poly.
The department at the university will hold a retirement ceremony for him later this month, before Chello heads home with his handler, Stephanie Pipan, who he’s worked with since he started on the force.
Cal Poly will welcome a new K9 officer, 2-year-old Zues, to take Chello’s spot.
Zues is trained in bomb detection and has begun training with Pipan. His first official day is July 30.