PRESTONSBURG – The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department has added another member to its canine unit, thanks to a donation from Prestonsburg Walmart.
“A representative from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department contacted us to ask if we would be able to make a donation for the purchase of a new canine,” said Prestonsburg Walmart Manager Brad Akers. “I asked how much money was needed to purchase the new animal, talked it over with my supervisor and we agreed this was the perfect opportunity to partner with local government. We funded the entire purchase of the animal, which was just over $4,000.”
The new canine is a Western Dutch breed of German Shepherd. Her name is Litta and she is three years old. Sheriff Deputy/Canine Officer Sam Waller traveled to Shell Knob, Missouri – which is 723 miles and a 9.5-hour drive from Prestonsburg – to pick up Litta.
Litta is the second canine purchased by the department. The first canine purchased was a German Shepherd named Major, who specializes in narcotics detail. Major is four years old and has been a part of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department for two and a half years. Waller traveled to Northern Kentucky to pick up Major.
Litta is a multi-purpose canine that can be used for drug discovery as well as apprehension and take-down of a fugitive.
“I can’t think of anything I would rather do,” said Waller. “I love working with the dogs and training them. They live with me and my family. I have a bond with Major and we use him not only for narcotics discovery but also for public relations events. He is a great animal. He can be a pet, but when it’s time to work, he knows exactly what to do. They both have two special toys they go crazy over. I don’t know what it is about those toy balls, but they will do anything to get them.”
Waller is a certified Canine Officer by the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA). Certification requires 40 hours of training with the dog every year. Major went for training and certification in March.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department extended its thanks to Prestonsburg Walmart for making the valuable purchase possible.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.