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Donation of $5,000 is given to K-9 unit


Howard County Sheriff Chuck Cave has announced a donation of $5,000 to the Sheriff's K-9 Unit by Milk-Bone and Giant Food. A ceremony was held yesterday at Giant Food, 4715 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City.

The money will be used to build a new kennel and a run area in the county government complex in Ellicott City for Bullet, the sheriff's dog for explosives cases. The dog and his handler, Deputy Don Chase, respond to calls about suspicious packages and suspected bombs.

Bullet and Chase completed 16 weeks of training at the Baltimore County K9 Training Center to receive Maryland bomb-detection certification, and they continue to train for 16 hours a month. They are on call statewide 24 hours a day.

Thunder Hill Elementary School in Columbia held a coloring contest, and the prize was an invitation to the ceremony for the winner's class. Participants colored a drawing of a K-9 dog framed by Milk-Bones. Thirty-one entries were received and judged by the sheriff and his staff. Fourth-grader Ananda Martin-Caughey, 9, was the winner.

During the ceremony, Chase and Bullet demonstrated bomb-detection techniques for Ananda's class by finding a training "bomb" under the rear wheel of one of the department's vehicles.

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