One of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department’s K9s demonstrated her talents Thursday.
“Hyra” quickly found several packets of drugs that her handler had hidden.
The audience was impressed to see Hyra in action.
She is a three-year-old Belgian Malinois.
Malinois look like German Shepherds, but they are smaller and much faster.
They have been clocked at 35 miles an hour.
On Thursday, Hyra dazzled the audience the Belmont County AARP as she quickly detected and alerted her handler to several packages of drugs he had hidden in the room.
“She’s trained in narcotics and tracking. The five different narcotics: marijuana, meth, crack, cocaine and heroin and tracking as well, if someone goes missing, or someone runs,” said Deputy Brian Carpenter.
“The interdiction we take very seriously. That’s why we wanted two canines. And they’re a great asset to our office,” said Chief Deputy James Zusack.
Hyra works with Deputy Carpenter and lives with him as well.
Hyra’s son, Jericho, is a K-9 with the Wheeling Police Department.
Chief Deputy James Zusack says it’s expensive for a department to purchase and support K9s but it is well worth the cost.
The K9 demonstration was sponsored by the St. Francis Group of St. Clairsville.