DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – News 19 travels through the Tennessee Valley and shines a light on local law enforcement and their K9 units. This week we feature DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Fugatt and K9 “Dolly!”
Deputy Fugatt took some time out of his busy schedule of serving and protecting the community to tell us about his partner. Dolly, a 4 year old German Shepherd/Belgium Malinois mix was born on January 2, 2018 in the Czech Republic.
Money donated by citizens to the Sheriff’s Office enabled them to purchase Dolly from Alabama Canine in Northport, Alabama.
“I went down for 4 weeks of training at Alabama Canine in May 2019,” Deputy Fugatt said. “[We] graduated on May 31, 2019. We have been working together for 2 and a half years.”
Dolly is nationally certified in narcotics and patrol through the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and NOCSARA for search and rescue efforts.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said that in her career so far, Dolly has helped remove approximately 210 grams of methamphetamine, 150 grams of marijuana, five ounces of spices and more than 100 paraphernalia. drugs in the streets. She also helped capture five people!
Deputy Troy Fugatt started with the sheriff’s office in March 2013 working on dispatch. He moved to patrol in November 2014. In 2015, he graduated from North Alabama Community College with an associate’s degree in criminal justice. In addition to that, he is a graduate of Jefferson County Law Enforcement Academy.
In addition to his credentials in the K9 unit, Fugatt holds specializations in the Honor Guard, Criminal Interdiction Team, and SWAT Team.
If you see Deputy Fugatt and Dolly in your community, be sure to thank them!
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