Erie County Sheriff gets new K9 to assist in fire investigations

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The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said they have acquired a new accelerant detection K9 for the Fire Investigation Unit. 

The Sheriff’s Office was able to acquire the new canine at no cost through an agreement with the ATF. 

Clipper, Detective Kuhlmey’s new partner, is a 1-1/2-year-old pure breed black Labrador retriever. 

The K9 can detect specific classifications of ignitable liquids and has performed over 5,000 repetitions for odor recognition and detecting, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to assisting with fire investigations, Detective Kuhlmey and Clipper will be part of the ATF’s National Response Team on Fire related callouts, according to the statement. 

Axe, the agency’s current accelerant detection K9. is retiring, according to the Sheriff’s Office. During training, another dog attacked Axe and he became timid and nonresponsive during training. 

The Sheriff’s Office said Axe will retire with the Kuhlmey family and is a welcome addition to the family.

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