After nine years of service, Lynnwood police K-9 Eli is retiring

Lynnwood Police Officer Jake Shorthill and K9 Eli. (Photo courtesy Lynnwood Police Department)

After nearly a decade with the Lynnwood Police Department, police dog Eli is retiring from service.

Nicknamed “The Dogfather,” Eli worked for nine years alongside his handler, Officer Jake Shorthill, sniffing out narcotics for the department’s K-9 unit.

The department announced Eli’s retirement Wednesday, a day after he and Shorthill assisted the Kirkland Police Department with a domestic violence call.

After arriving on the scene, Eli quickly sniffed out the suspect — who had a felony warrant for violating a domestic violence no contact order —  hiding in a crawl space. 

Now, Eli will spend the rest of his life at home with Shorthill, enjoying retirement, enjoying steak dinners and unlimited naps.

Additional information regarding Eli’s successor will be announced at a later time.

–By Cody Sexton

  1. Indeed… Thank-You Eli. I Know Not Only Were You Doing Your Trained Job Well; I Know You Were Doing Your Secondary Job Even Better, Gaurding Your Partner, Officer Shorthill!
    I Do Hope Retirement Will Keep You Happy and Having Lot’s Of Goodies and Peaceful Walks. With Your Buddy, Partner And BF Shorthill!!

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