Special investigator retires from the Burton Fire District

Special investigator retires from the Burton Fire District

BURTON, SC (WTOC) - The Burton Fire District is saying goodbye as one of their best and brightest retires.

Abby, a 12-year-old Labrador Retriever, has been Burton Fire's go-to arson investigator for ten years.

Since then, she and her handler have responded on average to over 100 fires a year throughout six counties.

Her handler says that Abby doesn't have any immediate plans, other than enjoying a full bowl of food and more midday naps.

"It's a bittersweet day for me...um...Abby's been with me five years....and now she doesn't go to work with me anymore,” Arson Investigator and canine handler, John Perry said.

Abby's replacement was also in attendance Monday and the two seemed to get along!

18-month-old Sam received his badge and will work closely with Burton Fire to sniff out fires.

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