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Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Law Enforcement Division is looking for a different kind of recruit. Only those with four legs and a tail need apply.

The division’s K-9 unit needs four new donated dogs to add to its patrol. Nine dogs currently assist Kentucky conservation officers with their duties.

“They track the human scent, locate guns or bows and locate hidden game,” said Second Law Enforcement District Capt. Howard Hodges. “They might track an Alzheimer’s patient who has walked off, or a poacher who has run off.”

Donated dogs should be retrieving breeds such as Labrador retrievers, between the ages of one year and fifteen months old. Potential dogs should have energetic, playful temperaments and should be in good physical condition with no medical problems.

“They need to be high-strung, active dogs,” said Hodges. “They need to have a lot of play in them.”

The department’s K-9 unit started in 2000. Dogs go through 10 weeks of initial training, as well as continuous training while on patrol. The dogs have assisted with rescue efforts, tracked poachers and uncovered evidence discarded by wildlife violators.

If you have a dog that you think would make a good K-9 unit patrol dog, contact the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Information Center at 1-800-858-1549.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has an economic impact to the state of $4.5 billion annually. For more information on the department, visit our web site at fw.ky.gov .