Echo the drug-sniffing dog is safer thanks to donated body armor
The only active K-9 working for the Eagle County Sheriff's Office is now armored and awesome
Echo, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office’s lone K-9, is both safer and resplendent thanks to a national organization and a local donor.
Echo is now wearing a bullet and stab protective vest from Vested Interest in K9s Inc. The vest was sponsored by Agnes Harakal of Eagle and embroidered with the sentiment, “In memory of Deputy Inspector Joseph Cassidy NYPD.”
The retail value of the vest is between $1744 and $2283 and it carries a five year warranty. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. secures ballistic vests at a special price of $960 from a US manufacturer. It weighs about 4.5-5 lbs.
Aptitude and attitude
Echo is a drug detection dog working with deputy Rebecca Anderson. Echo is the ninth K-9 to work with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and is the only active K-9 currently.
About any dog can be trained to do these things, but not every dog wants to be. Like much of modern life, drive and mindset matter more than gender, Anderson said.
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Echo was hand-selected by a breeder in Germany because she showed an aptitude for law enforcement work.
Echo is not a bite dog, she’s a patrol dog. She’s trained to sniff out illegal narcotics, specifically: heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and psilocybin mushrooms.
She’s mellow when she’s not working. On the other hand, she loves her work and doesn’t want to stop, Anderson said.
Drug detection dogs do not go ballistic when they find something they’re supposed to find and that you’re not supposed to have. She sits or lies down and stares at the stuff. If she can reach it, she puts her nose on it, Anderson said.
Echo can also pick up human scent, Anderson said, so she can help find children or adults who might have wandered off.
About the only time Echo might be aggressive is when someone is aggressive with Anderson.