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Police puppy ready to grow into patrol job: Neila becomes Officer Austin's new partner

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Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY POLICE OFFICER Bill Austin sits with recently acquired 12-week-old Belgian Malinois dog Neila. Austin and Neila will be qualified to be patrol partners after completing a 16-week course at the State Police Academy this summer. Independent photo/Trent Campbell.

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Police Department’s newest recruit isn’t striking fear in the hearts of would-be criminals — at least not yet.

At 12 weeks old, weighing around 20 pounds and eager to give out kisses, Officer Neila is melting her share of hearts as she prepares to grow into the role of Middlebury PD’s new police dog.

Toward the end of this year, she’ll be helping Middlebury police take a bite out of crime.

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