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The wet nose of the law

Deputy Nio and his partner Officer Kevin Lancto of the Saratoga County Sheriff's K9 Unit take down a bad guy (Officer Mike Traylor).

Deputy Nio and his partner Officer Kevin Lancto of the Saratoga County Sheriff's K9 Unit take down a bad guy (Officer Mike Traylor). Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— Petrie deployed his partner Zeuss through eye contact.

Zeuss took Lancto down by attacking the arm in the protective sleeve. “Whatever is presented to the dog, the dog will apprehend first,” said Kelley.

The scenario played out was not unlike the events surrounding a bank robbery in Ballston Spa on Wednesday, May 30.

Officer Mike Traylor and his partner Koda were on patrol that day, heading north near Middleline Road. Traylor deployed Koda when the robbery suspect set off on foot after a vehicle accident on Middleline Road.

Kelley said an apprehension was made thanks in no small part to Koda’s work. It was the unit’s first apprehension this year, and Kelley said the dogs have been “instrumental” in locating many missing persons and in investigations that have led to numerous arrests.

And unlike humans, when these partners get to retirement age, they rarely go their separate ways.

“I’ve never seen a handler give up their dog,” said Kelley.

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