K9 handler says goodbye to his dog Hondo | KOB 4

K9 handler says goodbye to his dog Hondo

Ryan Laughlin
September 11, 2019 08:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—  A Sandoval County deputy will no longer be patrolling the streets with his K9 by his side.


Deputy Osborn and his dog Hondo had a special relationship—a relationship that started to interfere with Hondo’s work.

“We’ve been bonding ever since,” Osborn said. “He’s with me all the time. He lives with me. He goes everywhere with me.”

Lieutenant Castaneda with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office said K9s can sometimes become too attached to their handler.

"You know he just got too fond of the handler. They had a great relationship, but it was where Hondo couldn't really focus on a lot of the tasks were at hand,” Lt. Castaneda said.

Hondo was donated by the Hometown Foundation, a nonprofit that has a police K9 initiative. When Hondo went through his certification test, Deputy Osborne had to make the tough call to give Hondo back where he will be rehomed with another law enforcement agency.

The Sandoval County Sheriff's Office had to find a new dog who was prepared to serve the county—and they think they have found one.

"The new dog that we've picked up now is definitely a great breed,” Lt. Castaneda said. “That dog’s father is in Europe now and still doing policing and is an award winning dog."

The new German Shepard has yet to be named, but people can vote for his name on the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

"You know this is a new addition to the sheriff’s department so we're always looking forward to always being — serving our community well,” Castaneda said.


Ryan Laughlin

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