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Canine cop expected to help SHPD in drug fight


December 20, 2017

GEMMA, with handler Sasha McDonald, has joined SHPD to detect drugs.

The Sweet Home Police Department has a new four-legged member to help in its fight against the illegal drug trade.

Officer Sasha McDonald is training a new police dog to detect heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

The dog, Gemma, is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, McDonald said. She originally came from Holland as a puppy to a kennel in California.

The Oregon State Police purchased Gemma and another dog but didn't like some of her qualities and rehomed her to a corrections deputy, McDonald said. Gemma is an extremely active dog with a lot of energy, which makes her a challenging pet but wi...

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