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Hernando Sheriff's office has new K-9 deputy

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"K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit.  Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler. "K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit. Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler.
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced Friday that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a brand new deputy.

"K-9 Justice" is a 14-month old German Shepherd and will be joining the K-9 unit. Corporal Stephen Miller, K-9 Unit Supervisor, will be his handler.

Corporal Miller will be retiring his current partner, K-9 Kilo, within the next several weeks. The two have worked together providing back-up for Hernando County deputies and protecting Hernando County citizens for the last eight years.

In 2010, while attempting to apprehend an Attempted Murder suspect in the City of Brooksville, K-9 Kilo was shot in the mouth, neck, and back. The bullet and stab resistant vest he was wearing is credited with saving his life. Kilo made a full recovery and returned to full duty.

K-9 Justice was born in Germany and shipped to Southern Coast K-9 in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Corporal Miller and other members of the K-9 Unit traveled to New Smyrna Beach and selected K-9 Justice from many other canines.

The purchase price for K-9 Justice was $8,500.

The funds for K-9 Justice were donated to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office by an anonymous Hernando County resident in memory of a sibling, G. Moran.

This donor also purchased K-9 Judge Topper for the HCSO in June, 2013.

Corporal Miller and K-9 Justice will be attending an 18-week K-9 Patrol School at the Clearwater Police Department beginning on 10-13-14. This training includes, but is not limited to, obedience, tracking, area and building searches, article retrieval, the agility course, and of course, apprehension work.

The K-9 team will be required to pass state certification through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) prior to going out on the road to handle calls.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis said, "We cannot thank the donor enough for their continued support of our agency, the K-9 Unit, and the community."

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