WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are learning more about a Wilmington Police officer and his K-9, who have been off the streets since November.
There have been a lot of questions about how the dog involved is doing. Today, we tried to get some answers.
Wilmington Police say Ofc. Stafford Brister is back on the schedule tomorrow for the first time since November. Although brister will be back on the streets this week, his dog Kaas will not.
Despite multiple reports we’ve heard questioning Kaas’s well being, WPD says he is in the care of another K-9 handler, whose dog recently died. WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says Kaas is in the best of health and around other animals.
Brister and Kaas have been off duty since November, when Brister put Kaas into the car of Johnnie Williams after a car chase. Brister will return to work as a patrol officer, but Kaas will not return to duty for the time being.
In the wake of the incident, the department plans an outside review by a K-9 expert to see if the department’s K-9 program is running properly, including if it has the right number of dogs, Chief Ralph Evangelous said last week.
We tried to see Kaas to verify how the dog is doing, but WPD refused to let us.