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(from left to right) Officer Holly Bernier and Saydee, Officer William Logiodice and Ruger, Officer Karen Reilly and Hunter, and Officer Erin Crossman and Ellie (DEEP photo)

(from left to right) Officer Holly Bernier and Saydee, Officer William Logiodice and Ruger, Officer Karen Reilly and Hunter, and Officer Erin Crossman and Ellie (DEEP photo)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Four dogs that will help state environmental police recover evidence and find people during search and rescue missions have graduated from a state training program.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s environmental conservation police announced Thursday that it has formed a new K-9 unit.

Four officers and their Labrador retriever dogs have been certified in tracking and evidence recovery and were recognized in a graduation ceremony at the agency’s marine headquarters on Thursday. The teams were trained and certified by instructors from the Connecticut State Police’s K-9 unit.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection got three dogs from Connecticut Labrador Rescue Inc. in Haddam. A fourth dog was donated by a breeder in Colebrook.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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