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Sheriff’s Office Announces Passing of Retired Canine

Published: 8/25/2020

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Lieutenant Shawn Castano,

Poughkeepsie, NY - Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson is sad to announce the passing of retired Accelerant Detection Canine (K9) Libby. In 2012, after being rescued from the Humane Society of Greater Rochester’s Lollipop Farm, K9 Libby and her handler Deputy Sheriff John O’Brien graduated from the New York State Academy of Fire Science Accelerant Detection Canine Program.

K9 Libby serveK9 Libbyd with the Sheriff’s Fire & Arson Investigation Unit and the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division. Over the course of her eight-year career, K9 Libby assisted numerous fire departments and police agencies with fire investigations resulting in arson arrests and convictions. K9 Libby was also a popular participant in fire safety presentations at local schools and colleges.

A new Accelerant Detection Canine, K9 Bolt, recently completed certification allowing K9 Libby to retire in May of 2020. After retiring, K9 Libby spent the remainder of her life with her handler and his family until passing on Monday, August 24, 2020. Special thanks to the Dutchess County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Dutchess County Fire Chief’s Council and G.E. Masten Feeds for providing support to K9 Libby throughout her years of dedicated service to Dutchess County.