Avon Police Department to rename newest K-9 officer

The department is asking residents to vote on a new name for the 4-year old Beagle

Avon Police is seeking the community’s input for a new name for its newest K-9 officer: a 4-year old Beagle.
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In March, Avon Police Department welcomed its newest recruit: a 4-year old Beagle currently named Dottie, trained to be a therapy dog and K-9 officer. Now, the department is looking for the community’s help in potentially renaming its top dog.

The students at Avon Elementary School — where the K-9 officer, and her partner School Resource and Patrol officer Colleen Gaspard, will spend much of their time next year — came up with a number of suggestions for re-naming Dottie. All their suggestions have been narrowed down to five name finalists:

  • Dottie
  • Bagel the Beagle
  • Nova (Avon backwards/new star)
  • Avi (short for Avon)
  • Cubbi (Avon Elementary School mascot)

Members of the community can vote for their top name suggestion now through Thursday, April 28 at

The winning name will be announced on Friday, April 29.

For more information about the Avon Police Department’s K-9 officer, contact her handler Colleen Gaspard at or 970-748-4026.

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