February 8, 2006
The latest addition to the Louisa County Sheriff's Department will soon be putting her nose to the ground.
Just a rookie now, three month-old Maggie is expected to be the top dog in Louisa by August.
“She is advancing in leaps and bounds,” said Louisa County Lt. Buck Garner.
Maggie is a K9 Blood Hound in training and already she's ahead of the pack. Most dogs spend three or four months on exercises Maggie has learned in two weeks.
“I’m really proud of her she's going to be a really good dog,” said Maggie’s soon-to-be partner Sgt. Patrick Sheridan.
Maggie is learning from the best. Sheridan has been training blood hounds for eight years. Maggie trains no less than 12 hours per month.
Maggie will soon help police track lost children, missing Alzheimer’s patients, robbery suspects, drugs and even bombs but today she's on the trail of lt. Buck garner.
In no time she finds her man. Maggie signifies the bad guy or the victim by jumping up on them.
“You got me!” Garner exclaims.
Maggie will replace Sheridan’s current K9 partner Annie. Annie runs two to three calls a week across Central Virginia. She even helped locate the body of missing VCU student Taylor Behl. Annie is retiring due to health problems and come August it will be Maggie’s nose that helps police track criminals and solve crimes.
“This is my new partner so I want to see her do well,” said Sheridan
And it looks like she's on her way.
Maggie was paid for with donations from the community. There's also a fund to help Louisa Sheriffs pay for Maggie’s food and vet bills. If you'd like to help out call the sheriffs department at 540-967-1234.
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