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Vote to name the newest El Paso County Sheriff's Office K-9

September 7, 2017 Updated: September 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm
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Courtesy of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Argo was in the lead for hours, but late Thursday, Taz pulled ahead.

More than 2,000 votes have been cast to name the newest El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K-9.

The three options - Ace, Argo and Taz - were chosen by Deputy Chad Wheat and his family. Wheat is joining the K-9 Unit as a first-time handler.

The dog, a 13-month-old Belgian malinois, will join K-9s Axel and Nash, bringing the K-9 Unit’s total back to three after the death of Blitz in June.

Blitz was the third Sheriff’s Office K-9 to be put down this year - and the sixth since the program was reinstated in 2003 - but he was the first to be put down as an active member, instead of in retirement.

"We think of these K-9s as our partners in a lot of respects, but they’re more than that," said Deputy Patrick Younkin, Blitz’s handler, after a memorial for the dog. "They’re our friends. They’re members of our family. We spend more time with them than anybody."

To help name the new dog, visit surveymonkey.com/r/K93FC9Y. Voting will end Monday at 5 p.m.

In Greek mythology, Argo was the name of a great ship built and protected by goddesses. It was memorialized in the sky, but the large constellation, called Argo Navis, eventually was broken up into three constellations: Carina, Puppis and Vela. “Argo” also is the name of a 2012 movie starring Ben Affleck about a mission to rescue six Americans from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979-81 hostage crisis.

The vote is a fun way to get the community involved with the Sheriff’s Office, but also a way to move forward with the new K-9 after Blitz’s death, said spokeswoman Natalie Sosa.

About 7:15 p.m., Taz had 38.45 percent of the vote, Argo had 32.72 percent and Ace had 28.83 percent.
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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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