Local K-9s Receive Certification in Cadaver Search

cadaverPINE CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Pine Creek K-9 Search Unit certified its two cadaver search dogs Jake and Deliliah last Saturday.

The dogs, with their handler Trudy Garvey, completed their certification through North Star International K-9 Training Association in Seymour, Indiana. They have been working toward the certifications for 18 months.

“We really strive to get our dogs certified,” said Heather Dimmick, secretary at Pine Creek K-9 Search Unit. “That gives us justification that we’re doing the training properly and that we can actually service the community in a way that we trust our dogs and the community can trust us.”

The K-9 search unit is comprised of around 10 dogs of numerous breeds trained in air scent and human trail. Jake and Deliliah are the first of their unit to be trained in cadaver search.

Dimmick explained the cadaver search certifications will hopefully extend past Jefferson County in order to help surrounding areas.

“We want to be able to help the whole community, not just Jefferson County,” Dimmick said.

The search unit covers Northwest/Central Pennsylvania and will assist statewide and nationwide by official request.

Pine Creek K-9 Search Unit is a non-profit, all volunteer K-9 Search team based out of Jefferson County, Pa.

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