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Meade Co. sheriff gets first drug-sniffing dog

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drugs are by no means just a big city problem.

In Meade County, Ky. the sheriff's department just added a four-legged weapon to its war on drugs.

She may be a very friendly and lovable chocolate lab, but Kira is about to become the worst enemy of drug dealers and users in Meade county.

The Meade Co. Sheriff's office has never had its own drug-sniffing dog. But with the drug problem here getting worse, Sheriff Butch Kerrick thought it was time to add something new to his toolbox.

"Our arrests are up for drugs. We are aggressively attacking the war on drugs here in Meade County," said Kerrick.

Trainer Sherman Dotson gave the sheriff his choice of two dogs - Kira, a three-year-old female, and Jaxon, a two-year-old male yellow lab.

Both are trained to sniff out drugs, and then sit when they find the source. Their reward - playtime with a ball. It's a new method called passive training.

"Almost all dogs now are passive trained. Instead of them scratching and clawing and biting as a response, they just sit. They sit and want their ball," said Dotson.

Sheriff Kerrick chose the calmer Kira over the more energetic Jaxon.

"She was very fine, didn't run off, was very alert," he said.

Meade County's school superintendent was among the impressed onlookers. Kira will be used for school drug sweeps.

"We see it as a very positive tool for the community. We work very closely with law enforcement, so we'll continue that partnership," said Supt. John Millay.

The dog cost some $5,000, paid for with by assets seized from those convicted of drug offenses.

"No tax money is being used to purchase this dog, the upkeep, the maintenance, the boarding or anything else," said Kerrick.

It will take two weeks to train Kira with her new handler and then she'll be on the job.

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