Crime fighting dogs take 1st place in K9 Olympics

DeSoto County K-9s bring home gold
Published: Aug. 27, 2012 at 9:10 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2012 at 9:32 PM CDT
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(WMC-TV) - This week, some North Mississippi crime fighting dogs are being honored.

K9 units often keep folks safe in DeSoto County, but this weekend they were involved in some friendly competition.

Patrol units made up of members from the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department and Southaven Police Department took home first place out of more than 100 teams.

The three dogs, Sammy, Mika, and Mag took home the 1st place for patrols in the 13th annual American Working Dogs K9 Olympics.

Canines can sniff out explosives, track fleeing suspects, and drugs that try to make their way into DeSoto County.

This past week the teams beat out other units from all over the country.

While it may all seem like fun, what the dogs and their handlers do in tournaments helps keep you safe.

"The main focus is for tracking, suspect apprehension, so any time a business is robbed, a home is robbed, someone is assaulted," DeSoto County Sheriff's deputy Jonathan Prewitt said.  "These dogs have great drive and they want to work, it shows in our first place finish in the Olympics that our dogs want to work and we want to work, and if you come to DeSoto County, we're going to get you."

Deputy Paul Leslie, his K-9 Mika, and Southaven Sgt. Brad Hodge, with Mag, joined Prewitt in the winner's circle.

The teams train at least once a week and Prewitt believes their practice sets them apart.

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