Paulding police dog gone

So Chico, a trained police dog, retired from duty last week, ending a 7-year run with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

"K-9 Chico has been my partner for a long time and I will really miss working with him every day," Deputy Billy Hurst said of the 9 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois imported from Holland.

Added Paulding Sheriff Gary Gulledge: "Law enforcement canines have a much harder life than a normal canine. They are stressed and asked to do things every day that take a toll on their bodies. We are very fortunate to have been able to utilize K-9 Chico for seven years."

Hurst is working with a new partner, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois named K-9 Major.

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