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K-9's, Handlers Gather for Annual Training Camp in Charleston


K-9s from across the state and their handlers have gathered in Charleston for an annual training camp.

Local media outlets report the West Virginia Police Canine Association is having its conference and yearly certification meeting this week at Camp Virgil Tate in Kanawha County.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Paxton Lively says they have about 56 to 60 dog teams that are being put to the test.

The dogs will get certified for narcotics, tracking, patrol, building searches and apprehension.

The K-9s range from bloodhounds and narcotic dogs to patrol dogs and bomb dogs.

Dog teams must re-certify every year in searches or attacks.

WOWK-TV reports K-9 officers also train 16 hours a month to stay up-to-date on techniques, legislation and court rulings.