The Huron County Sheriff's Office has some new certified deputies on the prowl -- the four-legged kind with keen noses.
Sheriff Dane Howard introduced his two newest canine handlers and their German shepherds this week: Deputies Josh Kaufman and John Vogel. Kaufman is partnered with Gunny, who is about 5 years old while Vogel's canine partner is Noro, 2 1/2. Noro made his debut at this year's Huron County Fair.
The Ohio Peace Officer Council recently certified the two deputies and their dogs, plus Bob McDowell and his new police dog, Ilko, who is 5 years old.
The new canine units join Detective Josh Querin and his partner, Bea. The 9-year-old female German shepherd has been certified for the last two years.
A story about the four police dogs being utilized by the sheriff was published on the front page of Wednesday's Reflector.