A great canine will be retired in Effingham County Monday.
Canine A.J. began her career with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office in the beginning of 2010 at 9 years old. A.J. has contributed to numerous arrests due to her tracking and drug detecting ability.
One of her most notable arrests was the Geo Vista burglary on Christmas day of 2011 where she tracked the subject to a pond where he was located hiding in a drainage pipe.
Prior to A.J.'s career with the Sheriff's office, she was a military working dog known as a P.E.D.D. or patrol explosive detection dog. She was born in Belgium, imported to Lackland Airforce base where she was trained and then assigned to Rangers division based out of Hunter Army Airfield as a bomb detection dog for a total of 8 years. She completed three tours with two being in Iraq and one being in Afghanistan before being retired out of military service to the Sheriff's office.
A.J. has been a huge benefit to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office and will be greatly missed. She has assisted numerous other agencies such as Springfield Police Dept., Rincon Police Dept., Port Wentworth Police Dept. and Sylvania Police Dept.
Her contributions will be remembered for the years to come. A.J. will be retired to her handler Deputy Ryan Williams at the age of 12 due to health issues related to arthritis.
at 12 years of age," said Williams. "I mean, it's almost bittersweet. She's
been with me forever and it's going to be a good Christmas because she'll
finally get to come home with me forever, and it's going to be sad at the same
time because I'm used to being with her for 4 years."
The Effingham Sheriff's Office would also like to thank Webb's animal clinic for providing care for A.J. through the years.