County's new K-9 off to great start

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Krysta Goodman, 6, daughter of Joseph and Jennifer Goodman of Scott City, greets Rex, the Scott County Sheriff Department's new K-9 officer, during the Shop with a Hero event Wednesday at the Walmart in Sikeston. Also pictured is Scott County Sheriff's Deputy Carl Rose, handler. (Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)

BENTON -- Scott County has another K-9 officer thanks to some support from the community.

Rex, Scott County's new K-9 officer, is already off to a great start, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, having already helped gather evidence for several cases since coming on duty on this fall.

"The first night out, he found 26 grams of marijuana," said Scott County Sheriff's Deputy Carl Rose, handler for the K-9 unit.

Rose said he is "ecstatic" about being selected by the Sheriff to be the Department's K-9 handler.

"It was kind of a lifelong goal, a childhood dream," Rose said.

Walter said it has been a few years since his Office has a K-9 unit as the previous K-9 officer died of an illness.

But recent community support and an officer willing to be trained for the duty came together for a great opportunity.

"It fills in the void we've had since we lost our last dog," Walter said. "It's a handy tool."

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