Bradley Co. Sheriff pulls several K9s from service after trainer accreditation questioned

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The Bradley County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) says they've pulled several of their K9s after a trainer's accreditation was brought into question.

BCSO spokesman Adam Lewis says the District Attorney's Office was looking through evidence in a case, and brought them a question about a trainer who the previous sheriff, Eric Watson, had used to certify their K9s.

According to Lewis, Sheriff Steve Lawson took three of their dogs from service who had been have been certified by the trainer.

The sheriff's office has a total of five K9s, and Lewis says those taken out of service have drug and search capabilities.

A judge will rule on whether the trainer's accreditation - and thus, the dogs' certification - is legitimate.

Sheriff Lawson has made plans to get the dogs re-certified on Monday, June 17th.

Lewis says Sheriff Lawson is moving to correct this immediately, and it does not have anything to do with their K9 handlers.

Depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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