Hill County: Citizen-paid K9 makes debut at local sheriff's office

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HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) The newest deputy at the Hill County Sheriff's Office has four legs.

Week one for the new K9 team at the Hill County Sheriff's Office, Loski and her handler Corporal Matt Quinn, is underway. (HCSO photo)

Loski is the HCSO's new K9.

The Dutch Shepherd is trained in both narcotic detection and fugitive apprehension.

Officials say she was purchased from Pacesetter K9 through donations from three county residents.

"Sheriff Watson and the HCSO would like to thank the three citizens who purchased Loski for us and donated her to the HCSO," agency officials said in a Facebook post. "We know that their generous contributions will lead to future drug arrests, the seizure of illegal narcotics (Methamphetamine; Cocaine and Heroin) as well as the apprehension of fugitives who try to evade from law enforcement."

Five deputies applied to be Loski's handler, but Corporal Matt Quinn came out on top following an interview-based selection process.

"He just returned from four weeks of intensive training with Loski at Pacesetter K9," agency officials said in the post. "We are happy to report that both Loski and Corporal Quinn excelled in all areas of their training."

Officials announced Monday, this was the K9 team's first full week of work.