Perry Co. Sheriff's Dept. hosts swearing in for K9 officers

Perry Co. Sheriff's Dept. hosts swearing in for K9 officers

NEW AUGUSTA, MS (WDAM) - Perry County's four-legged finest were officially sworn-in as Sheriff's Department deputies Friday afternoon.

Rookie canine officer Tyrus joined three-year veteran Titus for a swearing-in ceremony at the Perry County Law Enforcement Complex.

Both dogs were presented small badges and "signed" their oaths of office with paw prints.

Each is a Belgian Malinois.

Sheriff Mitch Nobles said the dogs will perform many different duties.

"They will be on patrol, they will be available for anything from building searches to lost or missing people," said Nobles. "They're also available for any type of drugs, if they need a canine to come in and smell drugs, any kind of illegal narcotics."

Deputy Danny Merritt is Titus' partner, while Deputy Randy Smith will handle Tyrus.