Video shows Forsyth County K9 signing off for the last time before retirement

Justine Lookenott
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office K9 Ivo with handler Corporal Enrique Escolano on Ivo's last shift before his retirementPhoto byForsyth County Sheriff's Office

(Forsyth County, GA) A Facebook video that now has over 2.2 million views shows Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) K9 Ivo signing off his last shift before his retirement.

K9 Ivo is a tracking dog responsible for tracking suspects and illegal narcotics and has been with the FCSO since 2018. His last shift ended early Thursday morning on March 23, when his handler, Corporal Enrique Escolano filmed them signing off for the last time.

“On behalf of myself and K9 Ivo, for any of y’all that he assisted in his six years of deployment, thank you for giving him the best possible career and letting me enjoy the best five years of my career,” Escolano said over the radio.

The full video can be watched on the Georgia Police K9 Foundation Facebook page and the FCSO Facebook page.

Throughout his career, Ivo was responsible for the arrests of over 150 suspects, the tracking and locating of 21 suspects, 71 illegal drug arrests, and finding tens of thousands of dollars worth of illegal narcotics.

Escolano reminisced on several stories of Ivo’s accomplishments in an employee newsletter, including his first drug arrest with Ivo, the time Ivo located four firearms that had been thrown out of a car window by fleeing suspects, and the time he found over 1.2 pounds of methamphetamine during a “free air sniff” in a car Escolano had pulled over.

“To many people, he may just be a dog with a good nose, but to those that got to work alongside him, he’s more than just a dog,” Escolano said in the newsletter.

Escolano also said in the newsletter that Ivo’s retirement will be full of taking family vacations, sleeping on the family couch and taking rides in the truck to the hardware store.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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