Some call him a K9 superstar, but to others, he is just a part of the force.
CHP K9 Beny has helped with drug busts that have been making headlines over the past year.
“Throughout this last year he was used for serving warrants, apprehending fleeing suspects,” says Sergeant Brian Pennings, “He was utilized for serving warrants an apprehends fleeing suspects.”
Ask anyone at the CHP, like Sergeant Brian Pennings, about Beny and the stories go on.
“Including the capture of one violent felon that had stolen a car,” he says, “Beny ended up finding him he was attacking Beny and Beny was able to fight him off and hold him in place.”
Beny, bred in Europe, is a 5-year-old German Shepherd who came to the Valley from another department in the Bay a year ago.
Usually, a police dog costs nearly $10,000, but Beny sure has made that money worth it.
“Just last year alone he had 28 large drug seizures which has resulted in 40 arrests of violent felons,” he says, “he has located and seized 146 lbs of meth, 20 lbs of cocaine, 16 lbs of heroin, and $1.3 million of drug-related cash.”
Pennings says this K9, in particular, has done a lot to make the streets of California safer.
“Just like you have superstar athletes that are gifted in their field, in this situation Beny, we found a dog that is extremely gifted and capable of doing the job we have asked him to do.”
In just his short 5 years Beny has accomplished a lot, and he still has another few years before he retires.
“Then they are retire we want them to have a quality of life in retirement as well, typically the dog goes and retires with their handler.”
He says the CHP is lucky to have an officer like Beny.