MORRISTOWN, NJ - Boomer, an eight month old German Shepard/Labrador Mix was adopted by the Morris County Sheriff's office. The dog, who was adopted from the Parsippany Animal Shelter will be trained as an explosive detection dog.

Boomer, previously Becker, passed the K-9 Section's rigorous preliminary testing before he was adopted.

“From shelter to a hard working K-9 team, we welcome Boomer to our law enforcement family," said Sheriff James M. Gannon.

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Sheriff Detective Corporal Mike McMahon was at the shelter looking to adopt a bearded dragon for his son, when Parsippany Animal Control Officer Kaitlin Kopshaw spoke with the detective about the dog. The dog, Kopshaw thought, would be a good candidate for police work. The dog was then evaluated by Detective Sergeant Arron Tomasini and Detective Corporal McMahon where he qualified to receive training as an explosive dog.

“The Parsippany Animal Shelter is happy to work in accordance with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office", said Parsippany Mayor James Barberio.  "I am very thankful to the K-9 Section for adopting Becker from our animal shelter, now known as Boomer, and giving him an important job within their task force.  We know Boomer will far exceed our expectations and we are anxiously awaiting all that he will accomplish!”

Boomer will become the County Sheriff's Office 29th single purpose specialty dog in the K-9 section.

"The K-9 Section will train Boomer to perform his expected duties while continuing to provide a high level of service to the residents of Morris County at no expense to the taxpayers", said Gannon.

“An opportunity like this doesn’t present itself very often.  Having the ability to create a happy ending of a bad situation is truly inspiring.  It just proves that every dog has a purpose,” said Detective Tomasini.