Sunday, August 24, 2003

Good boy! Top cop pooch wins award

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

LOVELAND - Loveland's police canine is a top dog - again.

Argo, a 4-year old German Shepherd, took top honors in the patrol division at the U.S. Police Canine Association's competition and certification in June.

It's the second consecutive year Argo has earned the top award, said Loveland Police Officer Jose Alejandro, Argo's handler and partner.

"It's the best test in the United States," Alejandro said.

Argo competed against 58 other dogs from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in the patrol competition. The event tests the dog's agility, obedience, searching and apprehension skills.

Argo, on the job for almost three years, helps track suspects and narcotics. He also is involved in evidence searches the occasional missing-person case.

Argo and Alejandro train every day, and the dog lives in the officer's home.

"They have formed an unbeatable team," Police Chief Dennis Rees said.

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