HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is saying goodbye to Patrol K9 Smokey as she gets ready to settle into retirement after providing assistance to her fellow law enforcement officers hundreds of times over the course of her career.
The sheriff’s office says Smokey came all the way from the Netherlands to work in Henry County.
During her career, authorities say Smokey served with two handlers and obtained certifications through Virginia State Police, the Virginia Police Work Dog Association (VPWDA), and the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA).
This K9’s certifications reportedly include tracking, apprehension, area searches, building clearance, and article searches.
In addition, Smokey’s skills were used to assist authorities more than 400 times during her career, according to the sheriff’s office.
In fact, one of the last shifts of her career, officials say Smokey located two missing juveniles from two separate incidents on the same day.
“Smokey leaves behind a legacy of numerous successful locations during tracking, her loyal demeanor with coworkers, and her relationships made during community demonstrations,” the Henry County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.
After she finishes her final shift this week, authorities Smokey will remain with her current handler.
“Thank you for your service and Happy Retirement, K9 Smokey!” the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said.
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