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Sheriff’s office introduces newest K-9

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has welcomed its newest addition to the K-9 Unit.

Naiyah is a 14-week-old bloodhound, who comes to the sheriff’s office through a donation from The Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction, which donates bloodhounds to law enforcement agencies for use in helping find missing or abducted children.

photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Like all rookie deputy sheriffs, Naiyah will begin training immediately and is expected to be deployed with the patrol division in about six months. In addition to tracking missing or abducted children she will also aid in tracking criminal suspects and missing adults.

“She is unique in that she will be able to discriminate specific scents allowing her to track a single person even through a crowd,” Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

The sheriff’s office publicly thanked The Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction for the donation.

“Naiyah will look forward to many years of service to the neighborhoods and communities of Jefferson County and especially to watching over our children,” Christian said.

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