Wright City

Wright City officially introduces its new K9 police dog

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 1/9/24

The Wright City, MO, Police Department has a new K9 dog to help officers find illegal drugs in the city. It was paid for by the Justin Delivers Hope organization.

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Wright City officially introduces its new K9 police dog


The Wright City Police Department introduced its new police dog, Lupo, during the Dec. 28 board of aldermen meeting.

They also thanked the organization Justin Delivers Hope, both for paying for Lupo and the training required for the dog and the department’s K9 officer, Jose Malta.

The organization provided $15,000 to the department to cover those costs.

“If not for the generous donation from the Justin Delivers Hope foundation, we would not have been able to continue with our K9 program,” Police Chief Tom Canavan said during the meeting.

Canavan also praised Malta’s previous work with the K9 program.

“Officer Malta has a proven track record of proactively removing drugs from the streets of Wright City,” Canavan said. “I am confident K9 Officer Malta and his partner, K9 Lupo, will continue to have many success stories during their time. As partners, the officers of the Wright City Police Department will continue to be vigilant in our effort to keep drugs out of our community in order to prevent further overdoses, and also to continue to educate our youth regarding the nature of opioid abuse.”

Justin Delivers Hope was founded by Adam and Melinda Hendrix after they lost their 23-year-old son to a heroin overdose in 2017.

“By publicly speaking about our loss and providing Narcan to families in need, as well as putting K-9s on the road to help officers take drugs off the streets, we HOPE to make a difference,” a statement on the organization’s website says.

Adam Hendrix was in attendance at the meeting.

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