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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) K-9 deputies Boomer and Tommy are two beloved law enforcement dogs that need your support.

Both four-legged friends and helpers of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have been nominated for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards ™ 2013 with the winners decided by public voting held online now through July 30.

K-9 Tommy HCSO Deputy Jason Bullock (Photo Credit: HCSO)

K-9 Tommy HCSO Deputy Jason Bullock (Photo Credit: HCSO)

“K-9 officers arrive at HCSO trained in handler protection, but then go through a rigorous 14-week HCSO training course with their handler to learn tracking, scouting, building searches, vehicle stops, and drug or bomb training. Most law enforcement K-9s are German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois, cost $12,000 and retire after five to eight years of service,” added officials with the HCSO.

K-9 Boomer & HCSO Deputy David Thomas (Photo Credit: HCSO)

K-9 Boomer & HCSO Deputy David Thomas (Photo Credit: HCSO)

“K-9 Boomer and K-9 Tommy are black German Shepherds who take a bite out of crime every day with a proven record of finding drugs, explosives, and bad guys on the run.”

Officials add that within almost two years with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 Boomer has helped take more than $6 million worth of illegal drugs off the streets and provided pivotal assistance in the arrest of 26 suspects accused in crimes involving narcotics, evading arrest and/or burglary. “K-9 Tommy, a new addition and rising star on the HSCO team, has aided in cornering 36 suspects, found an elderly missing man and located important evidence in a sexual assault case,” added officials.

With a total of 15 dogs within the competition as finalists in the Law Enforcement/Arson category the HCSO K-9 deputies Boomer and Tommy the only representatives from Texas. Harris County residents are encouraged to vote online daily for Texas'”Top Dogs”. Click here to vote now!

“Winners from each of the eight hero dog categories (Service, Therapy, Hearing, Emerging Hero, Military, Guide, Search & Rescue, and Law Enforcement/Arson) will be announced on August 6 with their respective charity receiving $1,500. The finalists receive airfare and accommodations for two to attend the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™ Gala held October 6 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles. The overall Hero Dog of the Year winner will be announced that night with the winning dog’s charity receiving an additional $5,000 for a total of $6,500 total prize monies. Harris County Sheriff’s Office has named K9s4Cops as their charity recipient,”  added officials.

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