Wood Sheriff’s office greets second K-9 unit

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Sheriff’s Department welcomed its newest four-legged deputy to the force Wednesday.

Deputy Zach Schaad and Dara, a 2-year-old female German Shepherd, were officially sworn in Wednesday during a small ceremony at the Wood County Courthouse. Wood County Clerk Jamie Six performed the swearing-in, with Schaad signing and Dara putting her paw print on the official document.

Officials announced in February Schaad would be awarded the dog for a second K-9 team, joining Deputy Mike Deem and his 4-year-old male German Shepherd Benji. Schaad has been with the department for three years and previously worked for the Vienna Police Department.

Chief Law Enforcement Deputy Shawn Graham said Schaad and Dara just completed a six-week training course Steven Heater with Pine Grove Kennel of Reedsville, Ohio, and will take their first shift tonight.

“This will give us the ability to have a K-9 unit on duty both during the day and at night,” Graham said. Dara has been certified in search and rescue and in drug detection, he said. Having a second drug detection dog on the force also will help law enforcement officials combat increasing drug use in the area, he said.

“I’m sure we will keep her busy,” Graham said.