A special puppy has been named by the Lethbridge Police Service. The Belgian Malinois was given the name of Bridge. Thirteen year old Kassie Hotton was the winner of the naming contest and was presented with a stuffed Malinois along with a tour of the police station. The dog naming contest saw 700 entries in total. Constable Braylon Hyggen with the K9 unit says this new four legged officer will do great work in the city to help sniff out crime.
“A lot of times we will have people that run from us or hide and without a dog and the sense of their smell we would not be able to find them. So, we have found people hiding in garbage cans that normally we probably wouldn’t even look in. When somebody runs from a break and enter we’ve tracked people anywhere from 5km through the river valley, to locating people inside businesses. So, that will be part of his job, everything from locating evidence, to searching buildings and compounds. We’ve had people found in our own police compound before that have broken in there and hidden in cars. Our dogs have been able to go in and find them a lot quicker than what we do have them go car to car to search under everything that’s in vehicles.”
Bridge is only four months old and will be ready to hit the streets by the year 2024.