CCSO K-9 has cancer, still on job

by Tony on February 27, 2014

An officer with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office says she will keep her K-9 partner working with her as long as she can now that the dog has been diagnosed with cancer.

Cpl. Brittany Perley says she has been working with her nearly 11-year-old American Labrador Edge for 10 years.

Edge – who specializes in detecting narcotics and recovering evidence – is the Perley family pet and lives with them at their home. Perley says he’s a big guy and thinks he’s a German Shepherd as he barks at people from inside her cruiser as they walk by.

A spokesperson for the K-9 Academy praises Perley as a very good handler who is well liked and a credit to her department.

Edge has complied an impressive resume. In 2007 he was named “K-9 of the Year” by the Working Dog Foundation of New Hampshire after finding a large amount of marijuana and more than $40,000 in cash used for drug deals.

Perley says one of Edge’s favorite things to do is visit schools and that he likes kids, libraries and doing searches in schools.

Carroll County Sheriff Domenic Richardi says Edge has been a great asset and he thanks him and Perley for their years of hard work, training and dedication. He also thanks everyone who has – and continues to – donate to the K-9 program, as well as continuing support from the Kindness Animal Hospital in Ossipee and Four Your Paws Only in North Conway, for their donation of services and food.

The sheriff says the Carroll County Commissioners support his office continuing with a K-9 unit and another officer and dog – provided by the Working Dog Foundation – will now begin the training and certification process for drug detection and tracking.