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Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Member

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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department is getting some help from man’s best friend. Neiko is an 18 month old black labrador that will be the second member of the K-9 squad.

“Neiko will be on our K-9 team. He’ll be doing drug detection primarily, and also be able to track. meaning if we have to track a suspect or a missing person, something like that Neiko is also trained in that,” says Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena.

Neiko’s handler, Deputy Tony Reitsma, is new to the K-9 unit but has wanted to work with the unit for some time.

“This is my first K-9. I’ve done a lot of research before starting and getting Neiko. I did a lot of research in looking at a number of different dogs. So it’s been one of my goals for a number of years,” says Deputy Tony Reitsma.

Training Neiko is a lot of work and differs from how you’d normally train a dog.

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