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New dog handler Brian Prather says Gemma is natural fit


February 17, 2021

BRIAN PRATHER, with Gemma, is SHPD's new canine handler.

Gemma, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been a drug-sniffing dog for the Sweet Home Police Department for nearly 3 years.

But as of Feb. 1, Gemma has a new handler, along with a new home.

Officer Brian Prather, who joined the police force in 2019, is the department's new canine handler after Gemma's former partner, Officer Sasha McDonald, left the Police Department to pursue other career paths.

Gemma has moved into the home of Prather, who already has a Belgian malinois and German shepherd of his own.

Gemma has had a smooth transition to her new home.

"It's been great," Prather said. "T...

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