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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife enlists ‘pawfect’ partners

By: - January 4, 2023 1:37 pm
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Cosmo, River and Gambit in training. (KDFWR photo provided by Highland Canine Training, LLC)

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division just got some “pawfect” additions. 

Three sibling Labrador retrievers will be partnered with conservation officers in different Kentucky regions, Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday. 

The dogs are named Cosmo and River, sisters, and brother Gambit. 

“In researching the various types of dog breeds that we could add to our division, we wanted dogs that would be approachable and can aid officers in their duties,” Col. Eric Gibson, director of the Law Enforcement Division, said in a statement. “We wanted to create a canine program that would provide a positive reflection of the Department’s relationship with the public.”

Cosmo is paired with Conservation Officer Evan Hughes in Region 1 in Western Kentucky. Gambit will serve with Conservation Officer Cody Berry in Region 2 in southcentral Kentucky. River will work with Conservation Officer Glenn Griffie in Region 5 in eastern Kentucky, the department said. 

The four-legged friends will live with the officers and their families “to help them to trust and care for each other,” the department said. They have been trained to “assist in the field with trailing, article location and narcotics detection.” 

Labrador Retrievers are good with children and families, according to the American Kennel Club. They are also “famously friendly” and social animals. A Lab, according to AKC, is an “enthusiastic athlete that requires lots of exercise, like swimming and marathon games of fetch, to keep physically and mentally fit.”

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