A Rutland Sheriff’s K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty was honored with an AKC Paw of Courage award. K-9 Betcha was a two year Australian Cattle Dog who as a narcotics/tracking K9 at the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office in Vermont. He was with the Sheriff’s Office for about a year when he was struck and killed by a vehicle while in the line of duty. Deputy Sheriff Hunter has been in police work for 35 years and says that K9 Betcha truly helped him cope with his past and present in the job. When Betcha was off-duty, he loved playing Frisbee and driving down the road with his head out the window allowing people to snap pictures of him as he passed by. K9 Betcha gave his life for his career. He is greatly missed by his partner, and his off-duty family and his family at Rutland County Sheriff’s Office.
This is the first year the American Kennel Club has presented the award. Betcha was one of four other K-9 officers across the US to receive the honor. Recipients of the award, or The K-9’s former human partner, will receive a 2016 AKC Paw of Courage medal along with a certificate as well as a photo and profile on akc.org.