The new Floyd County Sheriff’s Office K9 has been on the job for about two months, but he hasn’t been easing into the position.
Deputy Luke Chatfield is the handler for Sirius, who joined the department in early October.
Chatfield says he and Sirius spent over 200 hours training in September to prepare for duty and, while Sirius is a certified K9 officer, there’s more work and training to come.
This is the first time in about 25 years since the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has had its own K9. Chatfield says its been well-received and well-supported by the community.
A recent department Facebook post thanks over 50 people, organizations and businesses who have donated.
Startup costs for the K9 program were estimated at $30,000.