Williamson Co. K9 participates in Working Dog Police K9 Olympics | News
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says a Williamson County deputy and K-9 unit has participated in the annual American Working Dog Police K-9 Olympics. The Olympics is a competition hosted by Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana.
Vohne Liche Kennels is the police-dog training facility featured in the National Geographic television series “Alpha Dogs.”
Deputy James Wright and his K9 partner Lizzy participated in the 2013 event in early August.
Lizzy has 15 months of patrol experience and brought home two awards:
-3rd Place in Individual Obedience and member of the 1st Place Overall Patrol Team
-7th overall in the individual competition
Sheriff Vick says there were 111 teams in the competition from Law Enforcement and Military agencies across the country.
The competition was made up of 17 individual events, including a 2 ½ mile obstacle course made up of about 20 obstacles that involve water, narcotic searches, apprehensions, and gun fire.
Deputy Wright and Lizzy placed among the top 10 in five events, and in the top 25 in four more events.
“It’s such a great thing for Williamson County to have a canine and handler that’s capable of winning placing that high at this type of competition," said Sheriff Vick. “The events in this competition are all focused around work-related tasks, and are evaluated based on success and time.”
Vick says to make each event more difficult, handlers must look for additional clues and instructions as they progress through each event.
“You begin an event with the instructions of ‘Search the left side of the room.’ Then during the search, you find a card that changes or adds to your instructions," said Deputy Wright. "If you miss that card or don’t follow the instructions you get points deducted.".
“In the Spring of 2012 we held a rib-roast fundraiser to raise money to buy another dog. Lizzy is the dog we purchased with those funds," said Vick. "We just want the people of Williamson County to know what a great dog the Sheriff’s Office has as a result of that fundraiser and the support of our residents.”
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