Zeke, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, joins partner and handler Peter Marcellais

COURTESY PHOTO: MCSO - Peter Marcellais and Zeke (pictured) finished training in May and had their first apprehension last weekend. Marion County Sheriff's Office purchased Zeke with a donation from a resident in honor of his late wife.The Marion County Sheriff's Office has welcomed a new K-9 member to its enforcement team: Zeke, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Zeke and his partner, Senior Deputy Peter Marcellais, are now settling in and working hard for the visitors and residents of the county, according to a July 30 press release.

Marcellais and Zeke finished their K-9 handler certification school in May and had their first apprehension together last weekend while assisting the Woodburn Police Department in search of a wanted subject.

"Zeke is a very playful puppy and his favorite thing to do is work," Marcellais said in the press release. "He will shake with excitement when I get him suited up and ready for our shift."

The purchase of Zeke was made possible through a donation from Don Mortensen, a Marion County resident. Mortensen made the donation in honor of his late wife and their love for animals.

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