K-9 officers and dogs visit pickleball group, present plaque

Members of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office K-9 police dog unit met recently with members of the North Georgia Pickleball Club to tell them about the unit’s work and show appreciation for the group’s support.

Deputy Bryan Stark, handler of police dog X-Ray demonstrated how the dog is trained in the area of drug detection. Stark said dog/man teams work extensively in narcotics detection, explosive detection, evidence recovery, tracking, and educating the public. 

Stark surprised Dr. Tom and Ann Earley with a plaque in appreciation for their commitment to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and particularly the K-9 unit. The 2019 annual pickleball tournament in the fall raised money to buy two new custom made lightweight, protective vests for the K-9 unit.

Pickleball instructor Jon Pyle and students Barbara Babb, Sandy Kraus, and Celia Otwell said they enjoyed getting to know the dogs and handlers and learn more about their work.