The MAINE Reason Why We Need Police K-9s

Sagadahoc County, Maine – On Friday, October 23rd, around 2AM, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was requested by a neighboring county, Androscoggin County, to help locate a suicidal man who had fled into the woods. Androscoggin County consists of 497 square miles and has a K-9 Unit that is currently in training. The Sagadahoc County K-9 Unit is located an hour away but they are used for assistance when needed. Upon arrival, K-9 Hero utilized his tracking skills while he searched the roadways and the woods. While he was in the woods, he stopped at the base of a tree and found the man hiding at the top. Thankfully, Police were able to get him down, unharmed, and transported to the hospital for evaluation. K-9s have the ability to search an area 4 times faster than a human and K-9 Hero was able to use his air scent tracking skills to locate the suicidal man in only 14 minutes. 

Police K-9s are a vital component of law enforcement and are used to find bombs, accelerants, kidnapped or missing person, narcotics and crime scene evidence quickly. Their sense of smell is 10,000 times greater than that of a human, which makes them an irreplaceable tool to have.

The Sagadahoc County K-9 Unit consists of Deputy Kindelan and his K-9, Hero, who was donated to their department by The Hometown Foundation and our family of local retailers through support of our Police K-9 Awareness Program. The participating retailers included LaPerle’s IGA, R&M IGA, Brackett’s IGA, Rangeley IGA, Lyon’s IGA, Tobey’s Grocery, Princeton Foodmart, South West Foodmart, Woodland Foodmart, Wells Foodmart, Fuller’s Market, Pond Cove IGA, Main Street Market, and Buddies. Without the help of our retailers and community support, the donation of K-9 Hero would not have been possible.

Police K-9 Units are not fully funded by their local or state municipalities and they rely heavily on private donations. Each Police K-9 donated by The Hometown Foundation is equipped with equipment and training so they are able to perform their duties to the best of their ability. Deputy Kindelan and K-9 Hero cover 254 square miles of their county and assist neighboring counties on particular call-outs. We are proud to assist their department with their K-9 Unit and look forward to their long career ahead of them.

To learn more about how you can get involved and support the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, contact Caylee Richardson at or 203-250-5660. Keep up the good work Deputy Kindelan and K-9 Hero!

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