Shelby County Sheriff’s Office announces retirement of K9 Colt


SIDNEY — Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart announced this week the retirement of the department’s K9 Colt following his service to sheriff’s office since 2010.

Sheriff Lenhart reports that K9 Colt has been very active in assisting the sheriff’s office and many other agencies in apprehensions, recoveries and seizures during his career, and some of those achievements include:

• Locating a missing dementia patient in rural Western Shelby County during inclement weather;

• Apprehending and physically subduing a felony suspect who fled from deputies and resisted arrest;

• Assisting in tracking and apprehending an armed robbery suspect in Anna;

• Detection of 385 pounds of marijuana contained in a safe;

• Tracking and apprehending two suspects in a “smash and go” burglary at cell phone stores;

• Part of a pursuit of a fleeing violent felony suspect who exchanged gunfire when pulled over by a Shelby County deputy and was featured on a national law enforcement TV series; and

• Locating $35,000 worth of stolen jewels from an armed robbery and pursuit that began in Beavercreek.

K9 Colt has assisted and participated in duties in nearby counties, including Logan, Hardin, Auglaize, Mercer, Darke, Miami, Champaign, Preble, Butler, Montgomery and Allen.

“K9 Colt has been in the public eye in more ways than just law enforcement. He and his handler Deputy Frank Bleigh are active in several community events and demonstrations,” the sheriff said.

“While Colt is a trained police dog and sworn deputy sheriff, he is in many ways not only a fellow peace officer, but a beloved member of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.”