Sign In

Law Enforcement Dog

June 8, 2020

Cody, a bomb-sniffing dog from Newport News, could win Law Enforcement Dog of the Year.

The 8-year-old pup is competing against two other dogs in the same category: Denny, from Lindenhurst, New York and Axel from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The annual event has seven categories for the award show this year: Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, Military Dogs; Law Enforcement Dogs, Shelter Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs and Guide/Hearing Dogs, according to the news release.

In addition, the 21 dogs remaining were selected out of 408 initial candidates and the winner of each category appears on the Hero Dog Awards in the fall. Voting ends July 16. You can vote Cody here.

Cody’s handler, James Overton, of American K-9 Interdiction, said in a prepared statement that Cody started in explosives detection in Iraq before continuing her career at the Mall of America and was transferred to Newport News working at Busch Gardens, LPGA tours and other events.

Cody also helps local agencies with bomb threats, visits schools and loves ear scratches.

Overton wrote one time while Cody was working at an amusement park when a girl around 8 years old waiting in line for a ride was bit in the leg by a service dog.

“When Cody saw the little girl, she immediately walked over, licked the girl’s hand and then laid at her feet,” Overton wrote. “Almost immediately, the little girl stopped crying, and was soon smiling, thanks to Cody.”

Register Your Dog

  • Most Recent News

    Students Get Therapy Dog

    When middle school students return to class on Jan. 11, they’ll find a new face at the door: Daisy. Daisy is a therapy dog and the personal pet of Rob Kreger, principal of the Rock L. Butler Middle School. The five-year-old golden retriever is not a school pet or mascot, but rather a working dog […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dogtor

    Last March, Caroline Benzel, a third-year medical student, began to notice the stress and discomfort her nurse friends were feeling from the pressures of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “[Personal protective equipment] can be really rough on the skin,” Benzel, 31, tells PEOPLE. Benzel and her 3-year-old Rottweiler, Loki (who’s also a therapy dog) hatched a […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dog Pups

    When Stanley the miniature fox terrier’s owner passed away, the little dog started a ‘paw-some’ new role – bringing puppy love to some of the Gold Coast’s oldest residents. After Carinity Cedarbrook Diversional Therapist Julianne Staff adopted Stanley, he began visiting the aged care community at Mudgeeraba as a therapy dog. Therapy dogs help to […]

    Read more

    Puppy Cams

    A nonprofit is providing an unusual form of therapy for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic – puppy cams! “You spend five minutes with a puppy and try not to smile,” said registered nurse Robin Lingg Lagrone. Lingg Lagrone says watching little furballs wag their tails and prance on their paws helps […]

    Read more

    Pet Committee

    When Moore County’s school doors were abruptly closed earlier in 2020, two- and four-legged volunteers from the Moore County Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC) were in their 12th year of presenting a six-session Pet Responsibility Education Program for fourth-graders. The PRC quickly shifted gears and placed its program materials online as part of a home […]

    Read more

    The Right Rescue Dog

    If your New Year’s resolution is to add a canine family member, good for you. Somewhere out there is the perfect puppy or adult dog for your family. You have a lot of things to think about when you begin to look for that new family member, puppy or dog? Large or small? Purebred or […]

    Read more