Three of the Liberty County Sheriff’s K-9 drug and tracking dogs and the newest addition, K-9 Deputy Dog “Red” paused/pawed long enough to be officially sworn in by Sheriff Bobby Rader as active K-9 Deputies to perform different functions within the agency. Sworn in on Tuesday was Sgt. Michelle Deshotel’s dog, Jack, Sgt. Paul Young’s dog, Rita and Deputy Jesse Slaughter’s dog, Itai each, of which, conducts different services in drug identification and/or tracking. After this light-hearted swearing-in ceremony by Sheriff Rader each K-9 was presented with a badge with their names on it to be attached to their collar. An attempt was made to get a group photograph of all the K-9 deputies together but some of them do not play well with others and after an attempt was made to make this happen, the K-9’s opinion prevailed and a group photograph attempt was put aside.
This ceremony and the presentation of the badges was the brain-child of Reserve Deputy William Hall and his very supportive family. Their dog, Red, came to their home as a rescue dog about two years ago. Hall would find Red sitting at their front gate when he came home in the evening. It was obvious Red had been abused and abandoned as there were obvious cigarette burns on his underside and other marks of physical abuse. It is still a question as to who adopted who but suffice to say the Hall’s took Red in and he immediately made it obvious he loved children and a safe and loving home life.
It was obvious to the Hall’s that Red had a personality that would allow him to work with the public and children. To insure Red would be properly trained to interact with the public the Hall’s spent approximately $4,000.00 out of their own pockets to have Red put through an obedience class of which he excelled in completing. Hall offered Red to Sheriff Rader to be used in public relations events as his training was on a completely different level than the agencies drug and tracking dogs as Red wouldn’t know a drug from a can of dog food. Hall and his family also had special badges made for each of the LCSO’s K-9’s to be worn with pride. After a blue uniform with shoulder patches were made for Red, he participated in his first event at the City of Dayton Trunk or Treat Halloween event and thrilled both young and old by his “Officer Friendly” personality as the children petted and loved on Red who returned all the attention with appreciative tail-wagging.
Discussion is presently on-going with the Multi-County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors about promoting Red to the rank of “Sgt. Tipster” and allowing him to also be the poster child for that crime-fighting organization in addition to his work with the Sheriff’s Office. His charm and people-loving nature would be used for public events, civic groups or other organizations to reflect support for that organization and its objectives.
So, as time goes by, it is quite possible that you may see LCSO K-9 Deputy Dog Red in parades, schools, civic club meetings or any other function where he can be of service to his community. All Red would ask in return is just a friendly pat on his head.