Legendary duo leaving VPSO in 2021

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:20 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:35 PM CST
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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - After nine years with the sheriff’s office, Duke is probably the most famous K9 in Vernon Parish. The Bloodhound is an expert at finding criminals on the run and rescuing people in need of help.

“He’s about one of my best friends,” Ricky Stephens, Duke’s handler, said. “My grand-babies want me to pull him out all of the time and track them. Let them run around and play hide-and-seek.”

During his nine years, Duke managed to get 101 rescues and captures, passing the century mark in August of 2020.

“It was kind of a little goal we had set for ourselves,” Stephens said. “It happened in Allen Parish on an attempted ATM robbery.”

After a nine-mile chase, Duke and Stephens finally found their guy.

“I research a lot of stuff,” Stephens said. “And as of everything I’ve researched, there’s no other dog that has found this many people.”

After 29 years, Stephens decided he will hang it up this year, and Duke will be coming home with him.

“I’m signing my retirement and ole boy is going to stay home with me,” Stephens said.

A dynamic duo Vernon Parish will truly miss.

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