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Tag: prince georges county

A good reason to have two bloodhounds

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A bloodhound in the employ of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office ran away from her handler in Waldorf last week, but was returned yesterday.

Zoey, a 5 1/2 -year-old bloodhound, is expected to resume full duty, the Washington Post reported.

Authorities said the missing dog was found wandering the streets by a man who contacted Zoey’s trainer after seeing an Internet posting about her disappearance.

 Zoey slipped out of her collar on Aug. 5 while on a walk with her handler. Police searched for Zoey, trained as a search and rescue dog, for six days.

Zoey, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 3 1/2 years, was trained to search for people in distress and had most recently helped locate missing children and Alzheimer’s patients who had wandered away from their homes, authorities said.

Calvo raid, dog-killings justified, sheriff says

calvoMembers of a sheriff’s SWAT team who broke down the door of Mayor Cheye Calvo’s home — and shot and killed his two Labrador retrievers during a search for drugs – did nothing wrong.

That’s the astounding conclusion of an internal review by the Prince George’s County sheriff’s office.

“My deputies did their job to the fullest extent of their abilities,” Sheriff Michael Jackson said at a news conference.

County officials have since acknowledged that Calvo and his wife, Trinity Tomsic, were victims of a smuggling scheme that used a FedEx driver to ship boxes of drugs to unsuspecting homes. The drugs would later be picked up from doorsteps by members of the smuggling ring.

Law enforcement officials say the Calvo family knew nothing about the box, or its contents. County police, who were leading the drug investigation, have said they were unaware the house belonged to the mayor of Berwyn Heights.

“It’s outrageous,” Calvo told the Washington Post. “Not only is he not admitting any wrongdoing, but he’s saying this went down the way it was supposed to and he’s actually commending his police officers for what they did.”

One dog was shot four times by the front door. The second, Calvo says, was running away from officers when it was shot twice. Jackson said deputies thought the dog was running toward another deputy in the home. 

Calvo has scheduled a news conference for Monday to announce “further actions.”

“I’m sorry for the loss of their family pets,” Jackson said. “But this is the unfortunate result of the scourge of drugs in our community. Lost in this whole incident was the criminal element. . . . In the sense that we kept these drugs from reaching our streets, this operation was a success.”

Obama dog 4: Sweet Sydney in Maryland

OK, so we said there would just be three Obama dog recommendations.

But then we heard about this girl, currently lodged just up the road from the White House in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Sydney is a 7-month old Ladradoodle who’s keepers say she is both beautiful and well-behaved, great with kids, cats and other dogs, housetrained, and already a skilled doggie door user.

She’s also crate trained, leash trained, knows her basic commands, has been spayed and has all her shots, according to Tamela Terry, president of the SPCA/Humane Society in Prince Georges County.

Sydney was surrendered by her former owners because they couldn’t take care of her any longer. She’s reportedly great in the car — she sits like a princess and gazes out the window.

“Sydney is a wonderful, easy-going dog and whoever adopts her will be lucky, lucky, lucky,” Terry wrote. “This beautiful girl could be the best thing to happen to the Obamas all year!”