MORRISTOWN, NJ - Two puppies have been donated to the Morris County Sheriff's Office K9 Section and they need names. The Morris County Sheriff's Office is asking residents to help name a 10 week old Labrador Retriever and a 5 month Belgian Malinois.

The naming contest ends on Wednesday Novembr 13 at 5pm

At their first vet visit, the male Labrador Retriever weighed 13.1 pounds.  His handler is Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Section Detective John Granato, who already has begun training the Labrador in explosives detection through odor recognition exercises. He was donated to the Sheriff’s Office by Walter Quense, founder and trainer of onPOINT-K9 in Bernards Township. 

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The female Belgian Malinois weighed 26 pounds and is handled by Morris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Section Detective Mark Adamsky, who will train her in accelerant/arson detection and search and rescue. She was donated by Jeff Riccio, founder and trainer at Riptide K9 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Sheriff’s Office Detective Lieutenant Aaron Tomasini, who oversees the K9 Section, and Detective Corporal Michael McMahon will select the winning names. The winning names will be posted on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page later in the week.

“We are very grateful for the generous donations of these dogs – one that will be trained in search and rescue and accelerants detection and the second that will be trained in explosives detection.  These dogs are our partners in law enforcement and give us the ability to delve deeply into incidents in Morris County, whose 39 municipalities benefit from their skills,” said Sheriff  Gannon.

The K9 Section, which provides services to all 39 municipalities in Morris County, responds to more than 1,000 calls annually that include patrols, searches for missing people, fires, narcotics investigations and sweeps of public areas, festivals, concerts and large gatherings for explosive devices.

Click HERE to enter the contest