Orange City, Iowa — One of Sioux County’s finest K9’s has again placed high in a police dog contest.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that Sioux County Deputy Justin De Bruin and his canine partner, Sonny, certified and competed this week in the annual United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) patrol dog narcotic trials in Anamosa, Iowa.
They tell us that participation at this year’s trials involved a total of 47 teams. De Bruin and Sonny placed second with a final score of 198.50 out of a possible 200.
The sheriff’s office says the patrol dog trials consist of searching five cars and three rooms to locate four different hidden drugs: methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
Capt. Jamison Van Voorst says that the sheriff’s office personnel are very proud of De Bruin’s accomplishments with Sonny. He says that their dedication and training are, “an asset to the Sheriff’s Office and to the public safety of the Sioux County citizens we serve.”