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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:04AM

Highlands K-9 team finishes well in national competition

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Highlands County Sheriff’s K-9 Mico with the trophy earned for placing 15th out of a field of 80 in United States Police Canine Association National Field Trials.

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Highlands County Sheriff’s Sergeant Kyle Albritton and his K-9 partner Mico recently participated in the United States Police Canine Association National Field Trials near Washington, D.C.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland hosted the trials Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, featuring the top K-9 teams in the United States. Eighty teams from across the country competed in agility, obedience, evidence search, box search, apprehension and apprehension under gunfire during the competition.

Sergeant Albritton and Mico finished 15th overall in the event, scoring 657 total points.

Mico is a 21⁄2-year-old Belgian Malinois. Mico competed for the first time in the USPCA Region I Field Trials, hosted by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office this past May. The team’s finish in that event qualified them to participate in the national competition.

The team of Officer Ted Sealey and his partner Bruno from the Lakeland Police Department won the Top Dog Award in the event, scoring 689.83 points out of a possible 700.