WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERRIF'S DEPARTMENT

Beloved Wilco K9 officer retires, adopted by handler

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Eight-year-old Dutch Shepherd and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office K9 Officer Rody has traded in his badge for a bone and some well-deserved rest and relaxation with his handler Deputy Josiah Bennett and his family.

“We’re holding this ceremony so we can give K9 Rody a big thank you for his service to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office over the years,” said Sheriff Robert Chody. “Rody has done so much for the County but it is time for him to enjoy life with his handler and his family.”

Recruited to the the Wilco K9 Unit from the Netherlands in Feb. 2013, Rody has assisted in countless investigations as a dual purpose narcotics/tracking dog, finding evidence such as firearms, bullet casings, clothing and more.

“My favorite thing that Rody and I worked on was tracking,” said Bennett. “He’s a great tracker and he found a lot of bad guys so that was definitely our favorite thing to do together.”

He deployed many times with the Williamson County SWAT Team and has assisted other departments. Rody was also sent to Houston during Hurricane Harvey, providing support with criminal suppression of the 3rd and 5th wards.

Rody was highly competitive, placing high in multiple categories. In his last competition, he took home 1st place at the 2017 TNOA Narcotics Detection Dog Competition.

Without Rody, there will be seven K9’s serving the Wilco Sheriff's Office. The team consists of four dual-purpose narcotics/patrol dogs, one dual-purpose explosive/patrol dog, one explosive-only dog and one narcotics-only dog.

“The K9 program has been around for 20 years,” said Wilco Public Information Officer Patricia Gutierrez. “It was established around 1998. The K9s are a great tool to make the deputies’ jobs easier and safer.”

Bennett says Rody is going to be enjoying his life in retirement. “He’s going to be doing a whole lot of relaxing,” he laughed.

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