Bozeman Police preparing to replace K-9 Officer Kuno after police dog retires

Posted at 3:57 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 18:42:52-04

BOZEMAN – After the recent retirement of Kuno, a Bozeman Police K-9 officer with a successful career under his collar, the department is preparing for his four-legged replacement.

During his career with the Bozeman Police Department, Kuno helped seize over 30 pounds of dangerous drugs, along with about $75,000 in criminal money.

His handler, Officer Tracy Senenfelder, also says Kuno helped find many felony firearms and track down suspects in several cases.

The department is filling Officer Senenfelder’s shoes and Kuno’s leash with a different handler and a new hand-picked dog in May.

Officer Derek Dyk says it’s an opportunity that he has wanted since he first began with the force.

“Commitment is a huge thing. And you know that going into it,” Officer Dyk says. “That’s very clearly explained to you. I’ve seen that with the K-9 officers we have now with Tracy and watching him work. The extra hours that are put into that with training and even callouts and the dedication but you see the tight bond that officers have.”

Officer Dyk will help choose the new K-9 officer within the next few weeks.

Reporting by Cody Boyer for MTN News