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Abilene Police K9 wins big at canine certification competition

By Kelly Killian, Kelly Killian, kkillian@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 03 2013 10:24:01 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2013 10:26:47 AM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

The results are in from last week's Region 25 canine certification competition in Abilene.

The official name of last week's contest is the Region 25 United States Police Canine Association Narcotic Detector Dog/Patrol Dog I Seminar & Certification.

Abilene Police Officer Josh New and K9 Thor won Second Place PD1. Thor also won "Top Rookie Dog."

All participating K9s were certified in their field of expertise.

"We were highly impressed that all of the competing K9 teams scored above average," Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy and canine handler Chris Ortiz said. "The USPCAK9's standards are set high, and our competitors placed above those standards. It says a lot for the quality of handler and canine we saw here last week."

Here are the rest of the results:

Top Explosive-Detection Dog: Ricky Olivares and K9 "Quint." University of North Texas Police Department.

First Place PD 1: Christopher Turner and K9 "Rex." UNT Police Department.

Second Place PD 1: Josh New and K9 "Thor." Abilene Police Department.

Third Place PD 1 : James Birdsell and K9 "Sita." Gainesville Police Department.

First Place Narcotics-Detection: Rhett Mathews and K9 "Spyke." Coppell Police Department.

Second Place Narcotics-Detection: Tim Putney Jr and K9 "Zac." Wichita County (Texas) Sheriff's Office.

Third Place Narcotics-Detection: Aaron New and K9 "Turko." Wichita Falls Police Department.

Top Rookie Dog: Josh New and K9 "Thor." Abilene Police Department.