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Local K-9’s use training course built by Johnson City Eagle Scout

BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — A training course for local K-9’s built by a Johnson City Eagle Scout is now being put to regular use.

For K-9’s at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, work is no walk in the park.

“We could be used for anything as far as a lost kid in the woods to a fleeing felon,” says Deputy Sheriff Michael Kushner.

When it comes to getting them ready to protect our streets, he says training is key.

“We take them to different places, try to get them used to different environments, so that when it comes time to use them, they have no fears.”

After their equipment started wearing down, 15-year-old boy scout Nathan Denney built a brand new training course in March.

Kushner says it’s a project now used weekly, “you have to constantly work the dogs, get them used to jumping over things, getting used to hurdles for real life situations.”

The sheriff’s office is now looking for a permanent spot to set up the course.

“It’s nice to know that I’m actually making a difference,” says Denney.

Julia Gorman

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