The Hall County sheriff has put his department's patrol dog out to premature retirement and his handler back on regular duties.
Sheriff Jerry Watson says he had to weigh the extra expense and training time for the deputy and his dog against the extra capabilities provided by 6 1/2-year-old Bo.
Watson says that without Bo, Bo's handler has more time for street patrol.
And the sheriff says the county needs that extra street presence.
Watson says his department's overall activity is up more than 30 percent since 2000, but there's been no corresponding increase in officers.
Last year Watson eliminated his D.A.R.E. anti-drug program for youths in order to cut costs.
He's asking the county board for money to hire an additional deputy.
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