Summit County Sheriff’s Office welcomes K9 Danny, retires K9 Bobby |

Summit County Sheriff’s Office welcomes K9 Danny, retires K9 Bobby

K9 Bobby retired in May after seven years of service with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Courtesy of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office |

Bobby, a former Summit County Sheriff patrol dog, will be recognized for his seven years of service under the leadership of Deputy Nathan Opsahl on Monday, Sept. 14.

Named after former commissioner Bob French, Bobby is a 10-and-a-half year old German Shepherd, with the title of patrol dog of the year for the Colorado Police Canine Association in 2010, as well as patrol dog of the quarter for the National Police Canine Association that year.

Originally from the Czech Republic, Bobby was selected from Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana, when he started working for the Sheriff’s Office on April 19, 2008. He is trained to search for missing people as well as narcotics by sensing ground disturbances — or scents in a crime scene that don’t match the surrounding environment.

Voice tone is key in telling a K9 how to search. A high-pitched voice indicates a search for narcotics, while a low-pitched voice tells the dog to search for a body.

Bobby was replaced by Danny, a one-and-a-half year old pup from Hungary, named after Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs. Danny started work on June 5, 2015, completing a long and difficult seven-week canine school with Opsahl at Vohne Liche Kennels.

A ceremony to welcome Danny as a new K9 with the Sheriff’s Office and celebrating Bobby’s retirement will be held on September 14, at 1:30 p.m.

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