New K-9 joins Butte County Sheriff's Office

Butte County sheriff's office gets a new K-9 officer

OROVILLE, Calif. - Deputies said they have been waiting to get a new dog for a long time, and they got him Thursday from Red Bluff.

Deputy Darrin Brown named him Rykr and he's a 1-year-old German Shepard, Malinois mix.

The sheriff's office said that they were in a bidding war for "Rykr" with ten other agencies.

"He'll start off being a patrol certified dog and a patrol certified dog will enable him to protect his handler and also enable him to track down suspects," said Undersheriff Kory Honea.

Deputies believe Rykr will be a good addition to the force.

"His ball drive was really good. He was really attentive finding the ball. We use the ball and other rewards like that when we are doing narcotic detection," said Brown.

Ryker will live with Deputy Brown at his home with his wife. The sheriff's office says it's a great training tool for the dog to be around his handler 24/7.

Deputies said it will cost them $7,500 to fully train Rykr and his training will start sometime next month.

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