Saturday, April 1, 2017

There's a New Sheriff in Town

“On March 13th, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office welcomed two new deputies to the department, K-9 Sarah and K-9 Phantom. K-9 Sarah and K-9 Phantom came to the department by way of a grant from the Animal Farm Foundation of New York and Universal K9 of San Antonio Texas. The two foundations have taken on the mission to show that Departments do not need to spend $15-$20,000 for a pure breed German Shepard or Belgian Malinois to search and find illegal drugs, at the same time giving dogs destined for a life in a shelter or euthanasia a second chance at life serving Law Enforcement Officers and Departments around the country…”

What might surprise you is K-9 Sarah is a Pitbull and K-9 Phantom is a Pitbull-Boston Terrier Mix.  These, often misunderstood breeds are all too often left in shelters because of their bad reputation, but this shows that they can be trained to be of great value to society. Sarah and Phantom were trained for one purpose (narcotics detection) and will not be used in a capacity of criminal apprehension or “bite work” We wish them a long and productive career!