The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office will transfer a K-9 officer to the Clinton Police Department after the quorum court approved the move.

The Clinton Police Department “has a need for a properly trained and certified” K-9 officer, according to the ordinance.

FCSO currently has two K-9 officers but only one handler after former handler Kennan Wallace was fired from the department earlier this year after being accused of shooting a small dog when responding to a call in January.

Wallace on April 9 was formally charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. He has pleaded not guilty in the case. Wallace was previously the handler for K-9 officer Terry.

The Clinton police chief agreed to take possession and ownership of Terry.

The K-9 officer was one of two the FCSO purchased in 2017 using funds donated from the 20 Judicial District’s drug control fund.

“We no longer need this dog and Clinton is part of the 20th Judicial District. The need is there for them [Clinton],” FCSO Fiscal Officer Angie Wooley said.

Justices of the Peace inquired about the animal being considered an asset and removing it from inventory.

“It is an asset and it is worth money but as they pointed out, it is an asset that was paid for by 20th Judicial District and this is keeping the dog in the 20th Judicial District,” County Attorney David Hogue said.

The Quorum Court unanimously approved the transfer.

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