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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

September 12, 2000

Media Contact:

Sally Spadaro 222-4700 ext. 2426
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM'S K-9 UNIT ONE OF FIVE TO REPRESENT UNITED STATES IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION

PROVIDENCE - When the World Police Dog Championships get underway in Hanover, Germany on September 21, Department of Environmental Management Environmental Police Officer Donald Andrews and his K-9 partner Lux will be one of the five teams representing the United States.

Andrews and Lux, his German Shepherd, were chosen because of their performance in this same competition held in 1998 in Schleswig Holstein, Germany. There, they placed 25th in the world and third in the United States.

Andrews, who has been with DEM's Division of Enforcement for 13 years, has been a K-9 officer for the past seven years. Andrews and his first K-9 partner, Peri, competed in the International Police Dog Tracking Competition in 1996. They took first place in this competition, becoming the first and only American team to date to hold this prestigious tracking title. Andrews and Peri had several on-the-job tracking successes, including finding a group of people lost overnight in the state's Arcadia Management Area. In 1996, Peri was retired due to an illness and Andrews made arrangements to purchase Lux from the Czech Republic. Lux and Andrews bonded instantly and in 1997 successfully completed a 16-week K-9 school at the Sheriff's Department in Plymouth, MA.

The team of Andrews and Lux has had a number of team missions involving evidence recovery. The team has found crucial evidence in several hunting cases, including a .22 caliber magazine clip, shotgun shells, and a shotgun and duffel bag containing a handgun.

Police dog events in Germany are like the premier horse competitions in the United States, and the World Police Dog Championships is a top competition. It is not uncommon for 25,000 to 30,000 people to attend the event.

The United States team will be competing with teams from 14 countries, including Germany, Belgium and Spain. Andrews, a resident of Warwick, will be taking Lux to the 10-day World Police Dog Championships at his own expense.


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