Tuolumne county wants kids to name canine

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department is acquiring a police dog and is asking children to choose the dog's name.

The dog will be trained to search buildings, find hidden suspects, search vehicles, apprehend fleeing suspects and search for hidden narcotics.

Sheriff's officials are asking children from kindergarten through the sixth grade to participate in the "Name the K-9 Contest."

Contestants must write an essay of 100 words or less that includes their choice of a name and why they think it would be the best name for the dog.

The winner will be selected by Sheriff James Mele and receive a certificate of appreciation and a $100 gift card provided by the Deputy Sheriff's Association.

Entries can be sent to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department K-9 Contest, 28 N. Lower Sunset Drive, Sonora, CA 95370. Entries must be received no later than April 23.