HOUSTON – Two four-legged members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have been nominated for a prestigious national award, and they need your vote.
K-9 deputies Boomer and Tommy are among 15 finalists in the law enforcement category for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.
Boomer and Tommy are black German Shepherds that underwent a rigorous 14-week HCSO training course with their handlers to learn how to find drugs, explosives and bad guys on the run.
In less than two years with the HCSO, Boomer has helped nab more than two dozen suspects and taken more than $6 million worth of illegal drugs off the streets.
Tommy, a new addition and rising star on the HSCO team, has already aided in cornering 36 suspects, found an elderly missing man and located important evidence in a sexual assault case.
Boomer and Tommy are the only finalists from Texas.
Supporters are encouraged to vote online daily at herodogawards.org through July 30.
Winners from each of the eight hero dog categories (Service, Therapy, Hearing, Emerging Hero, Military, Guide, Search & Rescue, and Law Enforcement/Arson) will be announced on August 6 with their respective charity receiving $1,500.
The finalists receive airfare and accommodations for two to attend the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards Gala held October 6 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles. The overall Hero Dog of the Year winner will be announced that night with the winning dog’s charity receiving an additional $5,000 for a total of $6,500 total prize monies.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office has named K9s4Cops as their charity recipient. The Houston-based group donated the money for HCSO to acquire many of its K-9 deputies.