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November 15, 2019

County supervisors give sheriff’s dogs their due

These dogs . . . do a lot for search and rescue, for children, for the elderly, for finding suspects, for finding drugs. They work pretty hard for us.
— Supervisor Chris Butler
The board of supervisors Thursday night honored Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office members who work without pay, health insurance or retirement benefits.

But, the sheriff’s K-9 Unit, which tackles a range of challenges, played major roles in two criminal investigations last week.

That prompted board Chairman Chris Butler (Lee District), a former sheriff’s deputy, to quickly organize this week’s recognition.

The five dogs and their handlers often go into situations without knowing about whether suspects have weapons or where they might hide, Mr. Butler said.

“These dogs . . . do a lot for search and rescue, for children, for the elderly, for finding suspects, for finding drugs,” he said. “They work pretty hard for us.”

Two of the dogs — a bloodhound and a German shorthaired pointer — and their handlers, along with other sheriff’s office members, attended the board’s monthly meeting.

Because of the risks, the unit’s “biters” — three shepherds — did not attend.

The K-9 Unit includes:

• Master Deputy Sheriff James Arrington and “Bane,” a German shepherd.

• Detective Brian Colbert and “Hank,” a German shepherd.

• MDS Will Harner and “Ladee,” the German shorthaired pointer.

• Deputy Joey House and “Ducco,” a Dutch shepherd.

• MDS Chris Snyder and “Katie,” the bloodhound.

Their specialties include tracking, detecting drugs and explosives and apprehending suspects.

The night of Nov. 5, Katie and Deputy Snyder tracked the Walmart shooting suspects after their vehicle wrecked and they fled into the woods near Midland. Bane and MDS Arrington caught two of the suspects.

Early the morning of Nov. 8, Hank and Det. Colbert caught a suspect who escaped a Remington home during a drug raid, near Mr. Butler’s home.

When the supervisors and audience stood to applaud the unit Thursday night, bloodhound Katie had a few things to say. You can watch the video here, clicking on “Recognition of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.”

Fauquier K-9 Unit by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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