SHAWNEE, Okla. – A puppy that belonged to a 22-year-old Oklahoma police officer killed in the line of duty last year is now certified to work as a canine officer.
The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office made arrangements with Terney’s department to provide Onyx a handler, who is Deputy Jared Strand.
Strand said the sheriff’s office was one of five agencies nationwide to receive a National Police Dog Foundation grant. The grant funds a K-9 heat alarm for a patrol car to keep Onyx safe in the summer.
Onyx now serves Pottawatomie County and has been requested to help McLoud, Tecumseh and Shawnee police.