In what threatens to become a habit, Long Realty sales pro Lisa Bayless is providing the Oro Valley Police Department with a patrol dog—for a second time. Bayless made the news a year ago when she gifted K-9 Diesel to the OVPD.
This time, K-9 Risu will be presented to the public during the Feb. 19 Oro Valley town council meeting, slated to begin at 6 p.m.
A $15,000 gift from Bayless funded Risu’s purchase as well as additional training opportunities for the OVPD’s K-9 unit. “One of the reasons people move to Oro Valley is because it’s a safe town. The OVPD obviously plays a large role in creating a safe environment for all residents to enjoy,” Bayless said. “I’m pleased to support their efforts because I love Oro Valley. And I love dogs.”” Bayless said.
Risu takes over from K-9 Bruno, who retired in early February after seven years of service, which included his detection of drugs worth a million dollars. A video-gone-viral showed OVPD Officer Roger Reynolds—also Risu’s handler—treating Bruno to an ice cream sandwich during his last day on the job.
A year-old Belgian Malinois from the Czech Republic, Risu is trained in patrol tactics and narcotics detection. He’s been quietly working with the OVPD since December, waiting for Bruno to retire before going on active duty. Risu will share patrol duties with K-9 Justin.
A native Tucsonan, Oro Valley resident and head of the Lisa Bayless Team from Long Realty’s Oro Valley office, Bayless has been a sales pro since 2007. Specializing in Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina Foothills and greater northwest Tucson residential properties, she ranks in the top one percent of all Tucson-area sales agents. She is active with numerous nonprofits and is past president of the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
For more information, contact Lisa Bayless by email at email@example.com or by phone at (520) 668-8293.