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Donation aids St. Mary's K9 Unit

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St. Mary's County, MD -- The very good boys in blue of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's K9 Unit received a generous donation from a citizen on Monday.

Dr. Jay Lipoff, of Back at Your Best Chiropractic and Physical Therapy in California, presented St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron with a check for $500 to be used for supplies for the K9 Unit.

"I appreciate all that you do," Dr. Lipoff said.

The St. Mary's K9 Unit has four K9 teams. The teams are certified annually by the International Police Work Dog Association and train weekly. The dogs are used to conduct building searches, evidence recovery, tracking for criminal suspects, drug detection, and apprehension of violent offenders.

Sgt. Todd Fleenor is partnered with K-9 Largo, a Belgian Malinois certified in both Patrol and Narcotics Detection. Cpl. William Rishel handles two K9 officers. K-9 Skar is a dual-purpose Belgian Malinois, certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection, and K9 Filly is Belgian Malinois trained in Explosive Detection. D.F.C. Lacey Smith handles K-9 Brix, a Dutch Shepard certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection.

The unit also has two single-purpose dogs trained in explosive detection. 

"We certainly appreciate it," Sheriff Cameron said of the donation. "The canines do so much for us."

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