ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Monday morning the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office introduced their newest K9 recruit, a Plott-Hound and Labrador mix named Hulk.
Adopted from Paws and Claws Humane Society, Hulk will live and work with 7-year K9 handler Corry Retzer. Eventually, Hulk will train to protect the Southeast Minnesota community, sniffing out bombs and other explosives.
Hulk will also be a busy face for events and appearances throughout the area.
“He will be able to sniff for bombs and things like that….and just be a really great, fun partner,” said Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson.
Born on May 16th, Hulk comes from a family of 10, all named after avenger superheroes.
“His mom came up from Texas. She was very very pregnant. We rescued her from a high kill facility down there,” says Paws and Claws Humane Society Director Tanya Johnson.
“She gave birth up here to 10 babies and Hulk has always been the biggest and most outgoing of the bunch.”
Sheriff Torgerson says high energy and curiosity are traits they look for when looking for K9 recruits.
“There’s no doubt at this point that he’s going to be a great member of our office.”
Hulk will begin his obedience and explosives training once he’s around 10 months old. He is one of five K9s at the Sheriff’s office and the only one with the single-purpose of explosives detection.