A Partnership Worth Barking About

When Auburn Police Sergeant and K9 program Supervisor James Perry and his canine partner Ikia—an eight-year-old Labrador retriever and German wire-haired pointer crossbred trained in explosives detection—are working, Perry’s thoughts occasionally return to his 2003 Alabama National Guard deployment in Iraq. It was there that he saw firsthand the havoc that IEDs, or improvised explosive devices, could cause, along with how military dogs trained to detect them could help prevent tragedy and make soldiers and civilians safer. Read More