Drug-Sniffing Dog at South Fork Upsets Some Parents
Southern Humboldt parents have expressed concern on social media that they weren’t informed before a drug-sniffing K-9 working with a Humboldt County Sheriff deputy walked through the halls of South Fork High School on Halloween and into one classroom without prior notice.
According to Lt. Ken Swithenbank, “There was no planned enforcement action.” The deputy was at the school on other business before lunch when “per the school request, the dog was walked through the campus…to show a presence.”
Swithenbank said that according to his deputy the dog “was well received” by students.
Swithenbank added, “There was zero enforcement. They were not actively looking for drugs.”
Contrary to rumors, Swithenbank said, the dog was not taken to Miranda Junior High nor was it on either campus today.
Repeated calls to the school and to the school district were not returned today.