K-9 unit back in action

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Shillington voices commands to his 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd, Rooster, during a training exercise recently in Humboldt. Shillington and Rooster have received certification and are ready to go to work for the citizens of the county. Humboldt Independent photo.

“This is the sheriff’s office canine unit. Come out with your hands up and slowly walk toward me. If you do not come out I will release my dog and he/she will find you and he/she will bite you.”
That warning to suspects in a building is repeated twice during a mock training exercise for K-9s, also known as police dogs.
One such training was held earlier this month in Humboldt at the old Humboldt Middle School at the corner of 3rd Avenue North and 8th Street North.
The training was held in Humboldt because Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Shillington and his Dutch Shepherd, Rooster, were training with other law enforcement from north central Iowa.
“Rooster is good in conduct and being under control and following commands. It’s something you have to constantly work with the dog on,” Shillington said. He said the Dutch Shepherd can track odor of substances and can help in the apprehension of suspects.
Deputy Shillington said he expects the K-9 officer to be on active duty with him within the month. Read more about this story in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.

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