Webb Co. celebrates K-9 officer's retirement after six years

Webb County hosted a retirement party Friday for the celebrated and integral Precinct 1 Special K-9 Member Levis at the Webb County Courthouse.

Gathered were members of the precinct and Dr. Sandra Leyendecker, who were side-by-side with Levis as he received a plaque.

According to the county, Levis is a German Shephard born in 2013, who began his service in March 2016 with the Webb Constable Precinct 1 Office. He worked to locate narcotics during traffic stops, building searches, random JJAEP and youth village building sweeps.

“Levis is looking forward to retirement where he plans to sleep, run in open fields, chew on toys and smelling fresh air rather than bad drugs. On behalf of Webb County, we thank Deputy K-9 Levis for having served faithfully and honorably the Constable Precinct 1 Office.”

A number of K-9s have been working diligently alongside the different law enforcement agencies, with some like K-9 officers Kessy and Reno earning their retirement over almost 10 years of duty each.

Furthermore, K-9 Officer Brix was recognized by county leaders Monday for his outstanding achievement on the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association Competition, where he obtained first place among 40 other teams as well as first out of 87 K-9 officers.

The competition serves as a showcase of how these dogs work and hone their drug-seeking abilities, but they have often proven themselves in Laredo. According to the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, dogs are trained in the search for narcotics, explosives, cadavers, to work with police and further utilities.

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