It’s officially time to name two adorable puppies – a Labrador Retriever and a Belgian Malinois – that were donated to the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Section.
Please click on the link to view the two dogs, choose names that you think suit their good looks, include your name and email address, and click the submit button. https://morriscountynj.seamlessdocs.com/f/sheriffcontest
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Sheriff’s Office Detective Lieutenant Aaron Tomasini, who oversees the K9 Section, and Detective Corporal Michael McMahon will select the winning names. The names contest will end Wednesday, November 13 at 5 p.m.
We will let you know on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page how many suggestions were submitted, the creativity of monikers, and what the chosen names are.
Both puppies made their first visit Wednesday, November 6, to the Hodes Veterinary Group in Mine Hill Township, where Dr. Kris Conway and Veterinary Technician Jen Tomasini – the wife of Detective Lieutenant Tomasini — checked their weight, eyes, teeth, fur and overall health. Both pups avoided shots on this visit.
The male Labrador Retriever is 10 weeks old and weighed 13.1 pounds on Wednesday. His handler is Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Section Detective John Granato, who already has begun training the Labrador in explosives detection through odor recognition exercises.
The female Belgian Malinois, who weighed in Wednesday at 36 pounds, is five months old. She is handled by Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Section Detective Mark Adamsky, who will train her in accelerant/arson detection and search and rescue.
“We are very grateful for the generous donations of these dogs – one that will be trained in search and rescue and accelerants detection and the second that will be trained in explosives detection. These dogs are our partners in law enforcement and give us the ability to delve deeply into incidents in Morris County, whose 39 municipalities benefit from their skills,” said Sheriff Gannon.
K9 Section Detective Corporal McMahon said the specialized training will take up to six months before certification occurs. But both dogs will likely not start their official working careers until they are a year old and more mature.
The Labrador was donated to the Sheriff’s Office by Walter Quense, founder and trainer of onPOINT-K9 in Bernards Township. The Belgian Malinois was donated by Jeff Riccio, founder and trainer at Riptide K9 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Both donors have a professional relationship with Detective Corporal McMahon, who is an accomplished trainer and handler. The donations will save Morris County about $12,000 that otherwise would have been spent on new dogs for the K9 Section.
The K9 Section, which provides services to all 39 municipalities in Morris County, responds to more than 1,000 calls annually that include patrols, searches for missing people, fires, narcotics investigations and sweeps of public areas, festivals, concerts and large gatherings for explosive devices.