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Sarasota deputies welcome new K-9 named Enzo

There are currently six canines at the sheriff's office.
Credit: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has a new K-9 on patrol.

Enzo is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Belgian Malinois. He was born on February 2018 in Hungary.

Enzo will work alongside Deputy Shane Watson, whose previous canine partner "Eros" retired back in February.

K-9 Enzo joined the sheriff's office in March, and he and Deputy Watson have since finished 600 hours of training. Enzo has been patrol certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and narcotic detection certified by the National Police Canine Association.

Deputy Watson and K-9 Enzo had their first active duty shift together on July 17. Enzo is trained in tracking and apprehending criminals, as well as detecting drugs. He will get even more training in the future.

The K-9 unit has a total of six dogs and six handlers.

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