Valdosta Police Department welcomes newest member of K-9 team
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) - The Valdosta Police Department has welcomed a new member to their K-9 team.
K-9 Axil, a German Shepard Belgian Malinois mix from Hungary, is partnered with handler, VPD Officer Henry. According to VPD, K-9 Axil’s primary responsibilities include locating explosives and firearms for the department.
The newest member of the team was picked up from Daytona Beach and has already completed a five-week K-9 school in Augusta, alongside his handler. The two received the honor of ‘Most Improved Team’ in the class.
The training was the first opportunity for Officer Henry and K-9 Axil to build their bond and learn each other’s personalities.
As K-9 Axil’s handler, it is customary for the two to share a home outside of work. According to Officer Henry, it takes about six to nine months to solidify a bond with your dog, so every second spent together counts.
“Interacting with him and us having a bond, you can see the difference from the first day that I got him. He interacts with me more, and we get along great. I love him,” said Henry.
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