Ashland County Sheriff Welcomes Two New K9s To Department

  • 5/22/2019 10:51:21 AM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - Ashland County Sheriff’s Office Deputies spent Sunday getting their K-9s certified.

Josh Young of the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, who certifies K-9s all over Ohio, and Bob McDowell, who trains all the K-9s for the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office put the K-9s though their paces.

Deputy Freelon and his K-9 Oz are now officially dual purpose certified and ready to hit the streets together as a team.

Deputy Taylor and his K-9 Kimber also completed their certification of dual purpose and they are eager to hit the streets this summer.

Deputy Mike Freelon of the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office commented that his K-9 Oz will be the 5th K-9 this year to be certified. Deputy Freelon continued, “It has been an extremely busy, and demanding year when it comes to K-9 training.” “We could not have made this possible without the expertise and devotion of Bob McDowell.”

All 5 Ashland County Sheriff’s Office K-9s and their handlers have endured some very time consuming and intense training , along with putting on several K-9 demonstrations for the public, and working their full time 40hr plus shifts.

All 5 K-9s are certified in tracking, suspect apprehension, handler protection, building searches, area searches, gun fire, and the detection of narcotics.

"Oz is the 3rd dog that I have had the honor to certify with Bob,” commented Deputy Freelon. “This puts Bob well over the 100-dog mark to help certify. He has been committed to our K-9 team and our Sheriff’s Office, and I truly appreciate him.”

Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff E. Wayne Risner said, “I am extremely proud of all of our K-9s and certainly the Deputies who are committed to the program.” “Every one of the handlers have worked extremely hard to bond with and to develop as a team with their canine.” “Bob McDowell our trainer has been first class for our agency.”

Sheriff Risner continued, having five certified K-9s gives our agency and this community the ability to insure officer/public safety, drug detection and prevention. “I’m very excited to have one K-9 assigned at Mapleton schools with one of our Dare handlers!”

Deputy Freelon said, "Along with thanking everyone involved, I want to again thank the citizens of Ashland County for their incredible support of our program.”

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