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Cal Poly says farewell to one K9 officer, welcomes another

Posted at 11:32 AM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 14:32:17-04

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.