The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is proud to welcome K-9 Jade, K-9 Havok and K-9 Maja into our K-9 Unit. All three canines have recently been certified through the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA). K-9 Jade came to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office when she was the victim of an animal cruelty investigation on November 11, 2020. Corporal Dale Smith investigated the complaint of a dog shot multiple times with a BB gun. Animal Control Officers seized the dog in order to get her veterinary care. Due to evidence of ongoing abuse and no owner coming forward to claim her, the seized dog was placed in the care of the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville. After hearing about the criminal investigation and seizure, Corporal Lacey Smith reached out to Animal Control and the Animal Shelter with hopes of adopting the dog. On December 1, 2020, Cpl. Lacey Smith officially adopted “Jade,” the approximately two-year-old Black Labrador Retriever. Jade began showing behavior traits indicating she would excel as a working dog. Cpl. Lacey Smith and Corporal William Rishel immediately started training Jade to see if she had the skills and discipline necessary to be an Explosives Detection K-9. […]
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