LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A new K9 team has joined the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Deputy Matt Moran and K9 Kane are the newest team of basic K9 school graduates to join the Sheriff’s Office.
The team successfully certified as a Nitrate Detection team in April and continued on to become certified as a Patrol and Tracking Dual Purpose K9 Team in August.
On Aug. 29, Moran and Kane were recognized as part of a K9 badge pinning ceremony at the Rochester Police Headquarters. Deputy Moran was presented with a plaque recognizing him for successfully completed the training and Kane was presented with a badge for his collar to wear on duty.
For the four-month school, Moran and Kane studied several topics including obedience, agility, handler protection, apprehension, human tracking and building and area searches. The training culminated with an intensive test and Moran and Kane’s certification by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services as a Patrol/Tracking and Nitrate Detection Canine Team.
Chief Deputy Jason Yasso, who supervises the Office’s K9 units, said that this makes three K9 teams for the Sheriff’s Office with another in training.
Moran and Kane have been assigned to patrol duties on the afternoon shift. They will be available to assist where the need for a K9 presents itself.
Kane was purchased entirely with funds secured through a New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services grant. As per a lasting arrangement with Purina, he and all of the Sheriff’s Office’s canines are fed for free for their entire careers.
Kane was imported from the Netherlands and purchased from Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania. Kane is a two-year-old pure bred Belgian Malinois.
He replaced K9 Oxo, who served Livingston County diligently for several years. Oxo is due to retire and continues to reside with his handler Deputy Martin Herkimer, where he can enjoy much needed rest and relaxation.
Kane is named in honor of Sheriff Richard Kane who was elected Sheriff of Livingston County in November of 1976 and served in that capacity until his retirement Dec. 31, 1989.