The long arm of the paw is better prepared for duty now, thanks in part to local realtors in the High Country area.

The High Country Association of Realtors (HCAR) recently worked with members of the 2017 Watauga County Leadership Academy class to buy new uniforms for Watauga County Sheriff’s Office K9s.

The K9s now head to work in armored vests similar to the protective gear of their fellow deputies.  

“What many citizens don't know is that law enforcement K9s play a major role in protecting the lives of their handlers and other officers responding to most calls,” said Skip Wood, 2017 president of the HCAR, who helped in the fundraising effort. “Some of those calls could pose a threat to officer safety including building searches, large demonstrations, and drug and explosives detection, to name a few.”