Sheriff's Office Gets New K9

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office is adding a four-legged member to its team.

The Sheriff's new K9 is a two-year-old German Shepherd named Votan.

The need for the new dog came after all of three of the office's K9's were retired due to age or health concerns.

Sergeant John Underwood said Votan is K9 material.

"They will look at the dog as a pup and see if he has what they call 'play drive,' said Underwood. "If he has the drive to just continuously play and play and play and just go and go until he's totally spent."

Detective-Sergeant Josh Staats will handle Votan and is in the process of training him now.

The K9 should be ready to go in six to eight weeks.

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