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Heroin Fears Prompts Clay County Sheriff to Restart K-9 Unit

April 1, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois sheriff’s department has started a K-9 unit for the first time in 20 years due to fears of a heroin epidemic.

The Effingham Daily News reports that the Clay County Sheriff’s Department recently launched the unit after Deputy Cory Heuerman and a 2-year-old Malinois named Fallax received certifications.

The department said in a news release that the dog is the “office’s proactive response to the fear of a heroin epidemic.” The dog is trained in narcotic detection, apprehension, and tracking. Fallax was trained at a northern Indiana kennel that has trained dogs for agencies like the Illinois State Police.

The dog and deputy started work March 11.

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