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Smith Co. DA donates trained K9’s to SCSO

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TYLER (KYTX)  – Today at a news conference at the Smith County Emergency Operations Center on Spur 248, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham made a formal presentation of two K9's to Sheriff Larry Smith for use by the Smith County Sheriff's Office. The animals were purchased earlier this year and are now trained and on the streets.

The dogs, which cost $11,500 each and are trained to track people, sniff out drugs and for use during patrol, were paid for by confiscated drug funds at no cost to taxpayers.

 Deputies Jeff Hobson and Tim Cutright are the dogs' handlers and both deputies trained for three weeks at Worldwide Canines in San Antonio with their respective K9's, "Lany" and "Indie". Each deputy continues to train with his dog for a minimum of eight hours a week. The deputies gave the news media a demonstration of the animals' abilities.

 "Dogs have long been used as a tool for law enforcement and are highly effective. They have abilities that humans do not, and they provide a buffer of safety between the bad guys and our deputies. I am pleased to be able to provide the funding for these animals," said Matt Bingham.

"Recently, one of the K9's was used in a manhunt to catch a suspect after a high-speed chase in Whitehouse. We appreciate the Smith County District Attorneys Office very much for providing these dogs," said Sheriff Smith.

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