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New dog added to Marion County's K-9 Unit

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MARION COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

There's a new deputy getting ready to patrol the streets of Marion County and this one answers to the name Rolo.

Rolo is a 70-pound Belgian Malinois that will join six other canines for the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Rolo arrived in Oregon from the Netherlands, where he was bred specifically for law enforcement. The 2 1/2-year-old dog still needs to attend a six-week K-9 academy.

Once he graduates from the course, he'll need to get state certified before he can hit the road.

The initial focus will be on getting Rolo acclimated to his new home and building a bond with his handler, Deputy Jason Bernards.

He will then continue to train four to five days a week to maintain his proficiency.

All of the sheriff's office canines are purchased with donated funds from supporters throughout the community. The cost of purchasing and training a qualified K-9 is around $10,000.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is also releasing a K-9 calendar for 2013. You can get one with a donation of $15 or more at the sheriff's office website.

All proceeds go toward the program.

The K-9 Unit also provides public demonstrations at schools, churches and community events. Call 503-588-7981 to schedule a demonstration.

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