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Jun 17, 2014 6:13 PM by Caroline Lowe

Retiring Santa Barbara County Sheriff K-9 honored

A retiring Santa Barbara County Sheriff's K-9 was honored Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors who recognized her for eight years fighting crime.

Betti and her handler, Deputy Mike McNeil, received a "Resolution of Commendation" from the board.

The Sheriff's Office said Betti is credited with helping to help catch more than thirty suspects wanted for violent crimes, arson and drugs. One case involved tracking down a Goleta man the Sheriff's Office said sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl in a park.

She also assisted on numerous searches for missing and lost people.

"She's given me a whole new meaning of being a patrol officer being a patrol deputy with a dog. It's just amazing to see what they can do and what their nose can tell us what's out there, what we are looking for," said Deputy McNeil.

Betti was born in Germany ten years ago. She was purchased by the County in 2005 and became the first and only female K-9 to work for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Betti will be replaced by Magnum, Deputy McNeil's new K-9 partner.

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