These Dogs Could Save Your Life

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — They train for fifteen weeks, to keep you safe. But, training for a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy K-9 doesn’t stop there. “We train very hard, we train Monday and Wednesdays of every week, training never stops. We pride ourselves on when those four paws hit the ground, it’s time to get to business and go to work,” says Warren Cavanagh, Senior K-9 Specialist, Richland County Sheriff’s Department. On Wednesday, the K-9 unit aided in apprehending a robbery suspect, after deputies received a tip on his whereabouts. Police dog, Fargo was there to help put the suspects in custody. Although Fargo and the other police dogs are trained to keep criminals off the streets, there are completely social. Deputies want to make sure the public knows that. You have the chance to meet the K-9 unit at the first annual, Guardians of the Night, K-9/5K on July 30th. “This will give the public the opportunity to come out and meet the K-9 , meet the face behind the K-9 , ask us some questions, and we’ll have a really fun time,” says Deputy Cavanagh. The event will serve to kick off National Night Out, another event that aims at building unity between the community and law enforcement. “We go one on one and we give them the resources to start a crimewatch, give them the resources to know how they can support things and give them a voice to speak up,” says Deputy Cavanagh. If you are interested in attending the Guardians of the Night K-9/5K, the event will be held at the Village at Sandhill on July 30, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. You can register for the event at All of the proceeds from the run will go to the Sheriff’s Foundation to help purchase equipment for the K-9 unit.

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