CLINTON COUNTY — A 14-month-old Belgian Malinois has joined the Clinton County Sheriff's Office K-9 team.
Deputy Jared Yoder and his K-9, Bary, who was imported from Holland, recently graduated from a six week basic K-9 class in Michigan, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Bary is certified in narcotics detection, suspect apprehension, tracking, area search, building search, and article searches, according to the release.
There are now three K-9 teams with the department. They are all certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association.
"When I started in the unit 15 years ago, I was the only dog handler in the county," Sgt. Joey Mitchell said in the release. "Now, with the support of Sheriff Kelly, past Sheriffs, and the community, we have been able to grow our unit to 3 dogs. Police K9's are an important tool for patrol officers to be able to use on various scenes, so it is really awesome to watch a unit grow like ours has."
Yoder and Bary will start patrolling with the rest of the K-9 unit next week.