K-9 Bonni set to retire

K9 Bonni will retire from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at the end of this month. She is pictured with her handler, Deputy Zachary Akin.

With mixed emotions, Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers recently announced the retirement of K-9 Bonni, effective Sept. 30.  

Bonni has been an integral part of the Lincoln County law eEnforcement family from her first day on duty in September 2015. Since then, Bonni has worked 40 hours or more each week in order to apprehend dangerous felons, increase the safety of her law enforcement partners and protect the Lincoln County residents.

Prior to Bonni, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office had not operated a K-9 program since the 1980s. Trained and certified as a patrol K-9, Bonni is able to perform suspect apprehension, tracking, article/evidence searching and officer protection. Bonni has responded to numerous emergency callouts, assisted in more than 100 investigations and apprehended 15 subjects for felony crimes, such as assault or burglary. Her skills have been highly sought after; she has assisted the sheriff’s office law enforcement partners in Tillamook, Benton, Polk and Lane counties.

Bonni isn’t all work and no play — when she wasn’t tracking suspects, she was often performing demonstrations for community groups and schools. Bonni’s mild temperament allowed her to be calm and approachable when not in “work mode,” making her a crowd favorite.  

Upon retirement, Bonni will reside with her handler, Deputy Zachary Akin, who says Bonni plans to just live the easy life on her favorite couch — she has certainly earned it.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Lincoln County Foundation to create a means to accept donations for Bonni’s care in her retirement. The Lincoln County Foundation will provide assistance by covering food and medical expenses for Bonni’s remaining years. Anyone who would like to contribute to Bonni’s retirement fund can make a check payable to the Lincoln County Foundation with the memo “Sheriff’s Office/Bonni retirement fund.” Checks can be sent to: Bonni Retirement Fund, Room 204, 225 W Olive St., Newport, OR 97365.

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