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July 8, 2013

K-9 helps snuff out illegal alien

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Draper said other officers at the scene were impressed by Kye’s nose.

“We were less than 10 feet away from him and couldn’t see him, but he couldn’t fool Kye’s nose,” Draper said. “It was a good spot, but it wasn’t good enough.”

Draper said Kye has done multiple tracks with great efficiency. In many cases, Kye’s presence tends to lead to a suspect being flushed out and caught by a law enforcement officer at an established perimeter. What made Sunday’s incident unique, Draper said, was that “without the dog, we would have had a zero percent chance of finding the guy.”

Medina Police Chief Jose Avila said the incident proved how valuable the K-9 Unit is to the department.

“I’ve seen Kye in action and I’ve been very impressed so far,” Avila said. “He’s working out very well and is a very valuable asset for us.”

Avila recognized Draper for his work in establishing the K-9 Unit, and he said the continuous work and training Draper and Kye go through is paying off.

“I’m sure they will get the job done whenever they are called upon,” Avila said.

The chief also expressed his thanks to the Medina Business Association for its financial aid given to the K-9 Unit and the Medina Village Board for its support.

“This unit would not be here without them,” Avila said.

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