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08/12/03

New K-9s Introduced

Beaufort County Sheriff's Department was showing off some of its newest members on the force today. Duke and Max are just six months old, but hope to be helping out soon if they make it through training. They're the eighth and ninth members of the K-9 unit, which tracks down everything from lost children to criminals on the run.

"You obviously have to get them when they're puppies and you have to put the training into them and training takes a long time," said Lt. Scott Johnson. "So what we try to do is we try to keep top notch dogs on the team and obviously if a better dog comes on the team, then we'll retire one to make room for it."

Duke and Max are "SLED stock" bloodhounds. That's a line of dogs specifically bred by the State Law Enforcement Division to deal with the Low Country heat and humidity best.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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