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Hernando County Sheriff's Department welcomes new K-9!
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Hernando County Sheriff's Department welcomes new K-9!

Hernando County, Florida-- The Hernando County Sheriff's Department has announced the addition of a new K-9 to their crew! 

Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the 19-month old German Shepherd, "K-9 Topper", will join the K-9 unit with Deputy Brandon Cox as his handler, who recently lost his former K-9 partner to a sudden medical illness.

Topper was born in the Netherlands, but was soon shipped to New Smyrna Beach where Deputy Cox and supervisors selected him from several other pups.

The cost of the K-9, $8,500, was covered by an anonymous donation from a Hernando County resident in memory of a sibling, G. Moran. Sheriff Nienhuis expressed great gratitude toward the donor.

"The donor's generosity goes beyond our ability to keep the community safe," he said. "It is also a huge morale booster for my deputies, knowing they have that type of community support. We are humbled and cannot thank the donor enough," said Sheriff Nienhuis. 

While the sheriff's office can't wait to welcome the K-9, they say Topper has some training ahead of him before he can serve on the squad.

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

After training, the K-9 team will be required to pass state certification through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and will then be ready to hit the road and handle calls.

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