Highly lauded Marion sheriff’s K-9 teams beat the heat with special water training class

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 unit took advantage of the hot weather recently with a special day of training.

Marion County sheriff’s K-9 deputies took advantage of the heat recently to provide water training for their dogs.

The K-9 deputies and their dogs did things a little differently to try and stay cool by training in the water. The training also was vital because it exposed the dogs to different kinds of situations they might face when dealing with a non-compliant suspect.

Marion County sheriff’s K-9 deputies and their dogs are frequently in the news for tracking down suspects and helping the public in a variety of ways. Some of those include:

K-9 Dep. Jeremie Nix was credited with saving the life of an infant who wasn’t breathing after being flagged down by a frantic motorist.
An Ocala man was arrested on multiple charges, including fleeing and eluding an officer with lights and siren active and driving with a suspended license after he was located by a K-9 unit after a car chase and subsequent foot pursuit.
Dep. Mohammad Refaei and K-9 Duder were lauded for apprehending a man who fled from deputies in a stolen vehicle in May.
Dep. Matt Bowers and K-9 OTOW were praised for helping the Ocala Police Department in the arrest of a robbery suspect last month.
An Ocala man was arrested during a traffic stop in April after a K-9 alerted on his vehicle.
Sheriff’s Cpl. Alan Lee and K-9 Zeus were praised for tracking down a man arrested on drug charges in April after a car chase and foot pursuit.
Two K-9 units tracked down two Orlando men in April following a home invasion robbery at a residence off Marion Oaks Lane.
An Ocala man who was pulled over for traffic violations in April was arrested on drug charges after K-9 Rambo, who partners with Cpl. Matt Hooper, alerted on the vehicle.
Lee and K-9 Zeus were lauded in March for helping the Ocala Police nab a burglary suspect.
K-9 Dep. Matthew Bowers, his dog, OTOW apprehended a Jacksonville man in March who stole a truck with a child sleeping in it.
A K-9 unit helped nab a domestic battery suspect in March in the woods near a home on NE 49th Street in Ocala.

In addition, two sheriff’s K-9 teams completed a rigorous training course in February and participated in a graduation ceremony before hitting the streets. Those teams were Refaei and K-9 Duder and Dep. Alberto Gago-Chuquillanqui and K-9 Nitro.

Marion County sheriff’s K-9 teams recently spent some time in the water so the dogs could be exposed to different situations they might face.