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Douglas County Sheriff's Office adds 2 new K9s thanks to donations

Deputy Luke O'Sullivan, left, and Deputy Adam Windsor pose with their new partners, Bane and Beny, respectively (Photo courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has added two new German Shepherds to their K9 unit thanks to private donations.

Sgt. Bernadette Smith said in a statement that Beny and Bane, both 1 year old, were recently purchased and are receiving training.

The two dogs were purchased for $9,000 each, and their training costs are estimated at about $4,000. The costs are being paid for through private donations, which fund the sheriff's office K9 program, according to Smith.

Training with their partners will involve tracking missing persons, finding and apprehending suspects, searching buildings and vehicles and getting drug evidence.

Beny and Bane are expected to be certified by September and join four canines already in service, Smith said.

The sheriff's office is also holding a fundraiser on Oct. 6 at Sanchez Ranch Meat Co. for the K9 program. The public can attend in person or listen via radio to KOH 780 AM.

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