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Public Buys Blair County Sheriff's Office a New K-9 Vehicle


March 28, 2019

Rick Boston

Cpl. Justin Bennett and his K-9 partner Rik, both of the Blair County Sheriff's Office, show off the new fully equipped K-9 vehicle which was purchased solely through donations. The new vehicle allows Rik to resume full-time service patrolling county streets.

Last summer, an important member of the Blair County Sheriff's office was taken off of full-time duty through no fault of his own.

Canine officer Rik, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, Blair County's only bomb-sniffing dog, was working out of a used vehicle that was deemed to be no longer safe.

The K-9 equipped car, which was purchased used from the Logan Township Police Department, was experiencing mechanical failures. So many, in fact, that Sheriff James Ott and Rik's handler and partner, Cpl. Justin Bennett, determined it was unsafe to have Rik patrol the streets in it.

"The former car was...

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