Narcotics K-9 Team


Photo: AronAron is a black Belgian Malinois who has been with the Pendleton Police Department since October 10, 2005. He was born in the Netherlands. Aron was located for the Pendleton Police Department by Adlerhorst International, Inc., Police K-9 Academy in Riverside, California. 

Aron symbolizes the department's commitment to discouraging the use/abuse of illicit drugs in the community - he is truly a valuable asset. As a trusted and honorable member of the Pendleton Police Department, Aron works diligently with handler, Corporal Lance Zaugg.

Aron has several hundred hours of training, which is ongoing. In addition, he and his handler train a minimum of 8 hours per month.  Aron is certified in the odors of Marijuana, Opium, Methamphetamine and Cocaine.  He is certified through the Oregon Police Canine Association, Washington Police Canine Association and the California POST.   

Corporal Lance Zaugg

Photo: Ofc. SauggCorporal Lance Zaugg has been with the Pendleton Police Department since March 23, 2003, is a certified K-9 handler and a Field Training Officer. Cpl. Zaugg can be reached at (541) 276-4411 Ext. 4580 or by email at

Cpl. Zaugg went to Adlerhorst International, Inc. Police K-9 Academy in Riverside, California in October of 2005 with the understanding he would return with a drug dog. Aron became his partner, and together they completed the five-week training course in Narcotic Detection.

Photo: Ofc. Zaugg and AronCpl. Zaugg and Aron our members of the Oregon Police Canine Association and attend the conferences that the OPCA conducts.  Twice a month Officer Zaugg and Aron travel to the Tri-Cities, Washington, and attend 8 hours of training with several canine teams located in Washington State including Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Prosser Police Department, Kennewick Police Department, Pasco Police Department and the Washington Department of Corrections.  Officer Zaugg and Aron also train with the Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Corrections locally.     

The K-9 Team has shown steady improvement through quality training and K-9 call outs.  The Team has proven to be an effective resource for illegal drug searches. 

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