With his tail wagging and Kong toy in tow, a new face will be appearing in the halls of Union County high schools this August. Chuck the Dog, age 2, will be searching for drugs and weapons.
Union County Sheriff's Office Deputy Christy Baucom will be in the county's high schools full-time this fall with the chocolate brown Labrador retriever, who is trained to detect heroin, marijuana, cocaine, meth and gunpowder.
The dog is supposed to act as a deterrent to illegal behavior, officials said.
"We're not there to make arrests," Sheriff Eddie Cathey said, but to discourage students from bringing drugs and guns on school campuses. The dog will be taken to all high schools on a regular basis, and other schools by request, he said. The dog will also sniff for drugs or guns kept in cars.
The dog's purchase and training cost $3,800, which was paid for by Freedom Chevrolet.