K9 Spotlight: Jancy Thompson and Hera
Apr 23rd 2021
Jancy Thompson & Hera
Private K9 Unit // Explosives Detection
"As a past law enforcement officer in California
it was a dream of mine to become a detective so that I could investigate crimes; helping victims and their families. However, due to my own PTSD from childhood
sexual abuse my path as an officer abruptly came to an end, as I was suffering
from severe panic attacks. If I couldn’t keep myself safe, then how was I going to keep others safe? Unable to breath, or even remember my own name, I had to make the difficult decision; stepping away from law enforcement.
My desire to helping others never faded, though. I picked up a job working in the District Attorney's office and learned more about the prosecution side of crimes. With the opportunity to work with our court dog (who helped child victims of sex crimes testify in court). I saw the power and comfort that the dogs gave those victims. It was then that, in my heart, I knew I had to get more involved in becoming a K9 handler.
My family and I moved to Texas where I took a job as director of training for a law enforcement facility. It was there that K9 Hera was introduced to me. We bonded immediately! She has a special skill of explosives detection and I have a special skill of helping others. Now, on our journey together, Hera and I work as a unit handling private contracts. We make appearances at schools and love to interact with community members. Hera is my angel and I look forward to sharing her with the world."
Their Gear: "Hera wears a Ray Allen Kinetic Duty Harness for her searches along with a Black Fur Saver Collar around her neck. Hera also rocks a thick Nylon ID Collar from Ray Allen as well when we aren’t searching for explosives. As a handler, I personally love our 6ft leather leash as well as 15 foot longline for indoor searches. Ray Allen is our go to company before all else."
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