VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Facebook post helped a member of the military find his old Improvised Detection dog in Virginia Beach.
The dog, affectionately named Chewie, was one of the dogs lost to the military when the Improvised Detection Dog program was downsized in November 2012. 6-year-old Chewie was then adopted by the Virginia Beach Police Department to work in the K-9 unit.
Grazia Moyers with the Virginia Beach Police Department said someone reached out to the department via Facebook because Chewie's former handler, Sgt. Daryl Johnston, was looking to find out what happened to the dog. The message was passed on to Sgt. Christopher Tull of the K-9 unit, who just happened to be Chewie's new handler.
Sgt. Tull has been in contact with Sgt. Johnston and is working to put together a care package of VBPD K-9 items as a thank you for Johnston's work with Chewie. Moyers said Johnston is happy to hear Chewie was working with police and still saving lives. The pair plan to stay in touch.
Sgt. Johnston has also been invited to visit with Chewie. Additionally, Chewie's parents were located and Johnston hopes to get one of their new puppies.
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