Donations allow sheriff to add three new K9s

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has added three dogs to its canine unit, restoring the program to its intended size.

Donations from citizens and the nonprofit group DOGPAW helped the agency buy Ringo and Jango, two East European shepherds; and Scout, a Belgian Malinois. All are 2 years old.

Deputy Seth Brannan is Ringo’s handler, Deputy Rick Osborne handles Scout, and Jango is handled by Deputy Sean Boyle.

Osborne’s dog Kane died in the line of duty in April 2011 when he was stabbed three times by a suspect.

The new dogs and their handlers will go through a 10-week academy before beginning their work on patrol. The dogs will join Saver, a East European shepherd handled by Deputy Brian Ellithorpe.

—Emily Gillespie