Macon Co. Sheriff's Office adds K-9 unit
MACON CO., AL (WSFA) - The Macon County Sheriff's Office has two new tools in their arsenal to fight, prevent and solve crimes.
"Way back in the day, we did have one K-9, but the K-9 unit wasn't this extensive. We have two dogs. Very good dogs and they do a lot of different things," said Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson.
Boss, a 2-year-old German Shepard, and Steele, a 2-year-old Belgium Malinous, make up the newly formed MCSO Special Operations Division K-9 Unit.
The duo was purchased by the Sheriff's Office last year. The dogs, along with their handlers, recently completed training through the Dothan Police Department.
They are capable of doing everything from apprehensions and narcotics detection to tracking criminals and missing persons.
"This is very big. They train every month and the training is very extensive. We want everyone to understand they are officers, but they are the community's friends. They help us and make our jobs a lot easier," said Brunson.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office sought outside funding to assist with the necessary cost involved with the canine equipment and canine training for K-9 Steele & K-9 Boss.
Several community organizations, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, stepped up to make sure these K-9 deputies and their partners start off on the right foot.
Hyundai donated $2,000, which will go towards the purchasing of vehicle kennels for the dogs.
"We've had request in the past for service dogs, but this is the first time for a K-9 unit. It's great to be here in Tuskegee and meet the dogs and be able to provide support for the kennel that will be inside the truck. You want the dogs to be comfortable so they will be ready to do their duty," said Robert Burns with Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
"We appreciate all the help we can get. We are thankful for it. It helps the department and we thank Hyundai for donating the money because it will be beneficial," said Brunson.
Donations can still be made. You can call 334-727-2500 or send your donations to Macon County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division K9 Unit at 246 County Road 10 Tuskegee, AL 36083.
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