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Henry County K9 retiring after being called upon more than 400 times

HENRY COUNTY, VA – Patrol K9 Smokey is retiring after assisting on hundreds of cases.

On Tuesday, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office announced that this is Smokey’s final week.

She came to Henry County from the Netherlands, served with two handlers, and was called upon more than 400 times in her career.

Smokey obtained certifications through the Virginia State Police, Virginia Police Work Dog Association and finished her career certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association.

Smokey’s certifications include tracking, apprehension, area searches, building clearance, and article searches.

The sheriff's office says she leaves behind a legacy of numerous successful locations during tracking, her loyal demeanor with co-workers, and her relationships made during community demonstrations.

During one of Smokey’s last shifts of her career, she successfully located two missing juveniles on two separate incidents on the same day.

After her final shift this week, she’ll remain with her current handler.

Thank you for your service and happy retirement K9 Smokey!

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