New K-9 Ready for Duty
NEWS RELEASE 19-124 - JULY 25, 2019
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office added Enzo, a male German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix, to its K-9 Unit. Enzo was born in February 2018 in Hungary, and now works with Deputy Shane Watson, whose canine partner “Eros” retired in February 2019.
K-9 Enzo officially joined the sheriff’s office on March 2. He and Deputy Watson have together completed 600 hours of training in areas of obedience, agility, building and area searches, tracking, criminal apprehension and narcotics detection. Enzo earned his patrol certification from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and narcotic detection certification from the National Police Canine Associate (NPCA) earlier this month. The duo began their first active duty shift together on July 17. Enzo will continue training with Deputy Watson to earn additional certifications.
By adding K-9 Enzo, the unit now has a total of six dogs and six handlers.