New SLO County K-9 was a shelter dog, now trained to detect explosives

Posted at 5:17 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 02:39:21-04

For the first time, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has a K9 capable of detecting explosive materials.

The sheriff's office says their newest K9, Corvin, and his handler, Deputy Cedric Adams, recently completed the three-week explosives detection certification process.

That process includes making successful "alerts" to bomb-making materials in vehicles, packages and parcels, buildings, and open-area searches.

Just last week, sheriff's officials say K9 Corvin and Deputy Adams investigated a suspicious device in Avila Beach. A housekeeper reportedly discovered what appeared to be an explosive device in a motel room, but Corvin and Adams determined it to be a discarded battery pack.

Corvin, a two-year-old German Shepherd, has been with the sheriff's office since February. He came from an animal shelter in the Santa Ynez Valley.

He is also reportedly cross-trained in apprehension.