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Connecticut State Police trooper, K9 featured in calendar

November 27, 2018

Connecticut State Police K9 Texas became famous statewide when he got lost during a search in the woods off Sugar Hollow Road in Danbury last December.

After a hunt for Texas that included multiple law enforcement agencies, Texas was found two days later with his leash stuck to a fence in Ridgefield.

Now, K9 Texas and his handler, Trooper First Class Edward Anuszewski, have another claim to fame — their photo as the January page of the 2019 Vested Interest in K9s calendar.

Vested Interest in K9s has provided vests to police dogs across Connecticut. The nonprofit organization, based in Massachusetts, puts together a yearly, nationwide fundraising calendar that features twelve breeds of police dogs who have gotten vests through Vested Interest in K9s.

Texas, a 4-year-old bloodhound, got his bullet and stab protective vest in 2017. He works alongside Anuszewski of the state police. Texas has been assigned to patrol duty since finishing his training in Sept. 2016. He is certified in man-trailing and tracking. He has had 18 finds since he joined the force.

“Texas enjoys patrolling, playing with his Kong (toy) and making new friends,” state police said. “He loves attention and dislikes when he is ignored.”

All proceeds from the 2019 calendars will be used to provide equipment and services for law enforcement dogs nationwide, state police said.

Calendars are available online for $15 plus shipping at www.vik9s.org. For mail orders, contact 508-824-6978.

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