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Howe's police dog is changing local law enforcement

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Howe's police dog, Loki, is unconventional. (KTEN) Howe's police dog, Loki, is unconventional. (KTEN)

HOWE, Texas -- Back in January we told you about a small Jack Russell Terrier that was making big strides as Howe's first police dog.

Five months later, Loki is proving you don't have to be big to make a big impact.

At just 20 pounds, this K-9 cadet might look small, but he's has had an enormous impact on Howe crime in his short six months in service.

"He's really been a godsend to me and the department," said Loki's partner, Sgt. Keith Milks. "He's really been a force multiplier in helping us with searches and directing our attention to where it needs to go." 

Milks adopted Loki in December from a rescue shelter. Since then, they've been deployed 150 times, made 13 arrests, taken four guns off the street, and confiscated pounds of meth, heroin and marijuana.

"I think in my past 15 years of prosecuting, is seeing all the methamphetamine off the streets," said Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith. "To see a dog like Loki, he's such an unconventional and disarming canine."

Loki now has an 89 percent success rate of finding illegal narcotics and weapons, which is well above the national average. He's also changing the way the community views local law enforcement.

"People are more relaxed when they come up to police officers with Loki around; it allows people to come up and visit with them without any stress or strain," said Howe Mayor Jeff Stanley.

Loki also helps other law enforcement agencies, such as Van Alstyne police and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office. He's even persuading other small departments to look into getting a rescue dog. 

"By bringing in a small dog, a non-traditional dog -- maybe a rescue -- he's kind of bridged that gap and proved that rescue dogs have a place," Milks said.

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