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Edgecombe County sheriff’s office names new K-9 after asking Facebook for help

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office’s new K-9-in-training now has a name!

On Jan. 26, the team welcomed in a young female bloodhound and asked the public on Facebook to help choose a good name for her.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s office introduced Penny.

“She will be training hard over the next year to become our first dedicated tracking K-9,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a new Facebook post. “We appreciate the outpouring of support!”

She came to the sheriff’s office from James Lockhard of Northfork Bloodhounds and Tim Braddy of East Coast K-9.

The original post drew in over 1,300 comments and countless name ideas.

Here are just a few.

  • Edge
  • Tracker
  • Merida
  • Beretta
  • Manni (In honor of Edgecombe Deputy Sheriff David Manning, who died on March 11, 2018)
  • Cleo ( Canine law enforcement officer)
  • Alice (In honor of Alice Wells, the first female American police officer)
  • Hope
  • Reese
  • Carmella
  • Artemis
  • Lady Justice
  • Scoobi

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