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The dog “Duke” was rescued and given new life as part of the NC Highway Patrol

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – As a pup, Duke was rescued from a dog fighting ring in Richmond, Virginia.

Since then, Duke has found his way into a new job and life as a police dog alongside his handler, Trooper TC Parrott.

Trooper Parrott told CBS 17 a little more about Duke’s backstory.

From the dog fighting ring he was rescued from, Duke continued on to Caroline County, Virginia, where he made an impression by showing his very high urge to play with toys. This led to him getting a place in the K9 school where he graduated as a narcotics and pursued K9. He served alongside officers in Carolina County from 2017 to 2021.

After four years of service, Duke had to be transferred. As Trooper Parrott described, marijuana is one of the smells Duke is certified to detect. Due to a change in Virginia marijuana laws, Duke could no longer be used in that area of ​​the state.

“Caroline County then looked for an agency that Duke could use to keep him working and doing what he loves,” Parrott said. That’s how Duke found his way and joined the ranks of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, which Parrott said he was fortunate to have had the opportunity.

K9 Duke and Trooper Parrott then went through a 13-week K9 handler school where they each had to pass certifications in order to be a functioning K-9 unit in North Carolina. On June 17th, the duo successfully completed their certification test and K9 Duke is now a certified NCSHP K9.

Parrott said Duke is now estimated to be around five and a half years old and has been assigned to eastern North Carolina, as well as covering some regions in South Carolina and Virginia.

“Duke is used as a narcotic K9, primarily focused on the Interstates and US highways, such as Corridors 95 and 85,” said Trooper Parrott.

Together, Parrott and Duke “work together to help keep our state safe,” the NC Highway Patrol said a Tuesday tweet.

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Dais Johnston

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