TUPELO – Reco is a top dog.
The 3-year-old Belgian Malinois that works for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department took home the top prize last week during a regional police dog training seminar in Alabama.
“He got a big plaque. I haven’t hung it up yet because I’ve been showing it off to everybody,” said Marty Rock, Reco’s handler and part-time K-9 officer for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. “I’m proud of that.”
Reco competed against 19 dogs from Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana. Reco was the only dog entered from Mississippi.
Each of the dogs was judged on its narcotics sniffing abilities, its drug and building search abilities, and in other categories.
The narcotic dogs competition was held on the last day of the Montgomery, Ala., Police Department’s working seminar. The purpose of the seminar was to keep the dogs fresh in their specialities, Rock said, kind of a refresher course for the K-9s.
Reco is one of two dogs that was added to the sheriff’s department within the last year. Reco and Geil, a Dutch shepherd, were both hand-selected last June by another Lee County K-9 handler, Mike Scribner, and brought on board in October. Both dogs were trained in Shreveport, La., before being sent back to Tupelo.
The two are part of a three-dog team that also includes Ceaser and his handler Gary Dodd.