Crockett’s Pet Project for 2020 is the Craven County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. Our goal is to help raise funds for their needs. We rate them as Five Paws Up.
Police Dogs: “Just the facts, Ma’am.”
- They identify by scent first, then voice, then by silhouette.
- A dog’s sense of smell is 200-400 times stronger than a human. A bloodhound can smell a human buried 12 feet underground and can sometimes follow a scent of a missing person weeks later
- Police Dogs serve from six to nine years.
- German shepherds can search an area four times faster than a human
- K-9s can sniff out a car in three minutes.
- A K-9 is trained to bite and hold – not to chew or release quickly.
- Potential K-9s don’t start training until they are between 12 and 15 months of age.
Craven County Sheriff’s Unit K-9 Unit
Sheriff Hughes and his department have been resourceful in building this unit and our community has been wonderful in giving donations. It usually costs around $15,000 to buy and train a police dog. Our police dogs were donated or brought in from other departments. They are:
- K-9 Ghost – Belgian Malinois
- K-9 Ringo – Belgian Malinois
- K-9 Stihl – Belgian Malinois
- K-9 Nibbles – Pit Bull
- K-9 Rhys – Bloodhound
K-9 Nibbles was rescued in 2015 from a suspected dog-fighting ring in Ontario Canada. He came to us by way of an organization in Philadelphia, PA, called Throw Away Dogs who specializes in rehabilitating and training dogs for law enforcement.
K-9 Rhys was donated from a nonprofit organization called Highland Canine Connect from Harmony, NC.
Every month the K-9 Team with the most illegal narcotics taken off the streets is awarded “Top Dog of the Month.”
According to Sheriff Hughes, our K9 program is an essential part of our fight against illegal narcotics being sold and trafficked in our county.
Learn more about our K-9s by viewing their very own FB page: Craven County Sheriff’s Office – K-9 Unit.
Donations in any amount are appreciated. You can mail your check to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, 1100 Clarks Road, New Bern, NC 28562, and in the memo section, add Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. Your donation will make our county even safer.
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