Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Clay Cheney considers his partner, Susie, to be one of the most important members of the law enforcement community.
Sheriff Glenn Hamilton agrees. He calls the 72-pound yellow lab “A key element in my three-prong approach toward drug interdiction.”
The two-year-old fully trained and certified narcotics canine was purchased while former Sheriff Joe Baca was in office, and is one of several that the department has had since the 1990s.
Since the budgeting process for the department doesn’t begin until April, and there was no money budgeted for the care and maintenance of the canine in the last round, Cpl. Cheney is feeding, paying for veterinarian bills and shots, and all costs associated with Susie out of his own pocket…