Two Middletown police dogs and their human partners will be going to a national competition after their showing in the United States Police Canine Association Region 7 Police Dog-1 Trials.
Officer Patrick Cunningham and his K-9 partner Ivan finished in first place overall, and Sgt. Jeffry Thoelen and his K-9 partner Hudson finished in third.
Now, they’ll be going to the National Police Dog Trials in Washington, D.C. in late September, where they’ll compete against top police K-9 teams from across the country and earn a prestigious national certification from the United States Police Canine Association, Middletown police said in a press release.
The competition was on July 31 at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Training Facility in Montgomery. Some of the top K-9 teams from the New York metropolitan area were tested in areas like general obedience and agility, evidence search, suspect search and apprehending criminals.