Northwest Iowa — Drug dogs from northwest Iowa have participated in a drug dog competition recently.
The Sheriff’s Offices in Osceola, Lyon, and Sioux Counties tell us that their dogs took part in the annual United States Police Canine Association Region 21 Detector Dog Trials last week.
About fifty dogs participated in the event that was held in Manchester, Iowa. Officials say each year canine units from around Iowa are required to certify their dogs on four different odors; Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and Heroin. Testing consists of searching three rooms to locate two drug hides and searching five cars to locate another two drug hides. The tests are designed to make sure the dog recognizes the odor of the narcotics and can indicate their presence. Participants were scored individually by ten judges and then also participated in four and five-person teams.
Osceola County Deputy Tyler Bos and his Drug Detection Dog, Hunter brought home two trophies at the trials. Bos and Hunter won first place in Individual Overall Drug Detection and first place in Team Drug Detection.
Lyon County Deputy Rob Ver Meer and K9 Athos teamed up with Lyon County Deputy Kyle Munneke and K9 Rizzo along with three other K9s from the area. As a team they placed first overall in the event. Deputy Ver Meer and K9 Athos also scored second place on individual scoring in the car searches.
Sioux County Deputy Justin De Bruin and his canine partner, Sonny and Deputy Tony Reitsma and his canine partner, Neiko both passed the certification. Deputy Reitsma and Neiko placed third overall in the room search with a score of 99.33 out of a possible 100 points.
Top picture: Deputy Munneke and Rizzo; and Deputy Ver Meer and Athos
Bottom picture: Deputy Bos and Hunter