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K-9s Are Valuable

By Staff | Jan 9, 2019

The Wetzel Chronicle and Tyler Star News have recently reported on two local K-9 units. Approximately two weeks ago, the Wetzel Chronicle highlighted a new addition to the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office – K-9 Tia. Meanwhile, this week, the Tyler Star News featured a piece on K-9 Thor, of the Sistersville Police Department.

Being animal lovers, we very much enjoy reporting on K-9s Tia and Thor. We can’t resist a subject with a waggy tail and cute, furry ears.

Yet, in all seriousness, we would be remiss if we didn’t stress the importance of what these two officers do for our communities. Hopefully our articles exemplified that importance.

The two above-mentioned K-9s are law enforcement officers of their respective departments; as their fellow officers reported to us, K-9 Tia and K-9 Thor are valuable assets.

If you read either of the mentioned articles, you will perhaps get a better understanding of those assets.

K-9s have heightened senses that surpass those of humans, and they undergo rigorous training to better utilize and tap-in to those senses.

Those senses can come in handy when it comes to tasks such as searching for illegal substances in a vehicle, or tracking a missing person.

And, of course, there is the fact that a K-9 can serve as an outreach tool. K-9s and their handlers visit schools and similar venues to make a connection with children and other members of the public. These connections can open doors to discussions on more serious matters, such as drug abuse prevention.

We tip our hats to K-9 Tia and K-9 Thor and all they, and their fellow officers, do for our communities.