Lyon County Dog Places High In National Trials

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A working dog in northwest Iowa has received honors after competing in a contest out in New York.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that their K9 unit recently competed in the National USPCA narcotic detector dog trials in Albany, New York.

They tell us that fifty-one dogs from around the United States competed, including Deputy Kyle Munneke and his K9 partner Rizzo.

According to the sheriff’s office, Munneke and Rizzo scored 99.67 on the vehicle search and 96.33 on the indoor search for a total of 196.00 points. The maximum number of points available was 200. Deputy Munneke and K9 Rizzo placed seventh overall out of the 51 dogs who competed in the event. In another competition in March of this year, Rizzo scored third in the state.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says Rizzo is what is called a “single purpose dog.” That means that she is trained for two similar jobs — detecting drugs and looking for missing persons. But she is not an attack dog. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has had Rizzo since the spring of 2016.

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