After almost a decade of service, the longest serving K9 Deputy on the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department is preparing for retirement.
10 1/2 year old K9 Vetta has been working for the last 9 1/2 years. Vetta was born in Germany in 2008, trained in Virginia and started at the department with her partner and handler Corporal Lewis in early 2009.
She was the only female K9 on the department and one of the four dogs working in the county. She was specifically a narcotics detection dog, who worked countless drug cases, search and rescues, and apprehensions.
Cpl. Lewis said her drive to work was so strong that seven years ago his children couldn’t interact with her. He has been working with her over the last year to change her mentality from working to relaxing.
Cpl. Lewis said he is excited for Vetta, and he will be taking a different specialized position after her last day on September 1st.
“The K9s are family, they become family, especially with their handlers, they spend 24 hours a day with their handlers so they become very tight with their family, that’s why we wanted her to stay with her family, and they become very close to us, they’re another deputy,” said Sheriff Tom Howard.
The Sheriffs office said a department in Germany actually wished Vetta a happy retirement in German on Facebook.
While on the streets K9 officers stick to a strict diet. Cpl. Lewis said tonight his family will celebrate Vetta with a special dinner, a steak!
Congratulations to Vetta, and thank you for your service to Ohio County.