Video: APD announces new K-9 team with K-9 Leo donated by owner of Pepedogs

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Press release from Alachua Police Department

ALACHUA, Fla. – Alachua Police Department wants you to meet its newest member, K-9 Leo. Leo is a one-year-old male Dutch Shepherd full of excitement and love. Following the retirement of K-9 Thor, Leo was generously donated to APD by the owner of PEPEDOGS, Jose “Pepe” Peruyero.

Officer Britt Railey was recently selected as the agency’s newest K-9 handler and was assigned Leo as his new partner. Officer Railey and Leo will be attending vigorous training that consists of 440 hours where Leo will be taught obedience, protection, and searches, in addition to tracking and criminal apprehension. Not only will this training be to teach Leo, but it is also designed to create a bond between him and his handler, Officer Railey. Once the training has been completed, Leo will be assigned to the Patrol Division alongside Officer Railey.

We look forward to what the future holds with Leo and can’t thank “Pepe” enough for his generous donation of Leo! We also want to thank Sergeant Justin Horn for taking the time to orchestrate the donation of Leo between Pepedogs and APD.

Watch Officer Railey meet K-9 Leo in this video.

  • Pepe trained my Rottweiler Jake. Pepe is probably the only guy who could have done it.

  • Justin Horn is Thor’s handler. After his previous K-9 died, we got Thor. We also got Simba for our other K-9 officer. We are so grateful for Justin and Thor’s dedication to Alachua.

  • Good to hear. K-9 programs are important for the safety of the community and law enforcement officers.

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