Future of Nacogdoches drug dog still uncertain

Stephen Godfrey and Rhictor.
Stephen Godfrey and Rhictor.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Police Department is in the process of assigning an officer to take over the K-9 unit.

Police spokesman Sgt. Greg Sowell said when the assignment process is complete, it will be announced.

The K-9, Rhictor, previously lived and worked with Stephen Godfrey, who had been the chief officer of the unit since 2009, when the department received a federal grant for a drug interdiction program.

Godfrey resigned last week, and Chief Jim Sevey said another law-enforcement agency could buy Rhictor for $10,000. However, that agency only had until the end of Tuesday to do so, due to the urgency of getting Rhictor out of a kennel and training with a new officer.

It appears Godfrey and his wife were surprised he could not keep Rhictor after having fulfilled a three-year agreement with the department.

In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Sevey said offers are on the table for Rhictor and there are many loose ends that need to be tied before Wednesday. He said the department will either keep Rhictor or buy a new dog.

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