Sheriff’s office receives dog sculpture after K9’s passing

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A local sculpture is helping the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office after the loss of its beloved police dog.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says its K9 Viper, died from an aggressive form of cancer after eight years of service.

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Sheriff David Charles remembers the day Viper passed away.

“When one of us suffers, we all suffer. And it was a very traumatic day for all of us,” said Sheriff Charles.

Local artist Harley Dougherty made a dog sculpture and donated it to the sheriff’s office for them to raffle in order to pay for a new K9 unit.



“I could give them 20 bucks, or 50 bucks, or I could spend a couple hours and do something they could hopefully make a whole lot more off of,” said Dougherty.

That gesture, meant a whole lot to the sheriff’s office.

“It tells you you’re working in the right community and the community is fully supportive of you. And that is it’s own reward as this occupation goes.