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New K-9 deputy joins Hernando Sheriff's Office

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Hernando County Sheriff Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced Friday that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office have a new deputy.

 "K-9 Topper" is a 19-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit.  Hernando Deputy Brandon Cox will be his handler.

Deputy Cox recently lost his canine partner, Ike, to an unexpected medical illness while the two were on patrol.  Ike was only 4 1/2 years old.

K-9 Topper was born in the Netherlands and shipped to Southern Coast K-9 in New Smyrna Beach, FL.  Deputy Cox and his supervisors traveled to New Smyrna Beach and selected K-9 Topper from many other canines.  The purchase price forK-9 Topper was $ 8,500.

The funds for K-9 Topper were donated to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office by an anonymous Hernando County resident in memory of a sibling, G. Moran.

Deputy Cox and K-9 Topper will be attending K-9 Patrol School within the next several weeks.  This training includes, but is not limited to, obedience, tracking, area and building searches, article retrieval, the agility course, and of course, apprehension work.

The K-9 team will be required to pass state certification through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) prior to going out on the road to handle calls.


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