Sheriff's Office Welcomes New K9Posted: Updated:
Meet O'Nei. He's the newest addition to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office K9 squad. O'Nei completed training last Friday to become a bomb sniffing dog.
"Deputy (Adam) Hallett just graduated from the New York State Police Canine School with our newest member of our agency, canine O'Nei," said Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O'Neill.
O'Nei is short for O'Neill. He's named after Sheriff Colleen O'Neill's father, Al, who was Jefferson County Sheriff from 1977 to 1985.
"I think it's great that we are naming our dogs after our former sheriffs. I know my family in particular is quite honored that O'Nei is named after our dad," said Colleen O'Neill.
The dog is trained to sniff 11 different types of explosive odors for both military and civilian grade substances.
"We learned 11 different odors, explosive odors and then also all of our dogs are multi-purpose trained, so O'Nei can also track people and is trained in building searches," said Deputy Hallett.
O'Nei will not only work with Hallett, he will also live with the deputy and his family.
"O'Nei came from The Czech Republic. He was acquired through a breeder down in lower New York state. He came with his own pet passport, he's been to more countries than I have," said Hallett.
O'Nei will be joining two drug sniffing dogs on the sheriff department's K9 squad.