Rutland K-9 Maximus Police Department

Rutland K-9 Maximus Police Department

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Rutland K-9 Maximus is photographed with objects located on Saturday night.

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The K-9 Maximus is photographed with the agent Jeff Morris.

Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

RUTLAND – The Rutland Police Service has a new tool for fighting drugs in the community.

The village recently hosted the K-9 Maximus with officer Jeff Morris. Morris and Maximus will work part-time in the village.

Maximus is a four-year-old German Shepherd. Morris and Maximus have completed their training at Pine Grove Kennel, near Tuppers Plains, where they will also be able to meet their monthly training needs.

Morris explained that the village of Rutland has no expense in canine or training. Even the cruiser was donated to the village by the Vienna Police Department.

He added that Mayor Mike Biggs and Council members supported the idea, as did Chief Brad Larsen.

In the few weeks after they arrived on board, Maximus and Morris remained busy in the village at traffic stops and other calls.

Morris stated that it was the first time that he was working in a unit from kindergarten to grade 9 and that every day was a learning experience.

"I've always loved doing drugs and I've always been interested in working with a dog," Morris said. "It has become a hobby. I appreciate the workout. "

When he looked for the right dog, Morris said he wanted a dog friendly, calm and well mannered so he could interact with the kids during events in the village.

Maximus is currently becoming the fifth dog operating in Meigs County, with Middleport K-9 Bonnie, the Meigs County K-9 Bax Sheriff's Office and K-9 Cheri and the ODNR K-9 Mattis Wildlife Division.

Rutland K-9 Maximus Police Department

Rutland K-9 Maximus is photographed with objects located on Saturday night.

The K-9 Maximus is photographed with the agent Jeff Morris.

Sarah Hawley is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Sentinel.


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