Lake County Sheriff Canine Boomer is one of five current canines working for the sheriff’s office. Two additional canines will be added to the canine unit. | File Photo

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday they are adding two new canines to their canine unit and are seeking Lake County students to help name the dogs.

The sheriff’s office said they are in the final process of selecting the newest canines, which will be male German Shepherds between the ages of 18 and 24 months.

Canines Boomer, Dax, Duke, Danno, Ryker and their handlers have a proven track record of success in the community, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.

“They have been responsible for locating hundreds of missing people, fleeing suspects, numerous discarded firearms or other evidence, and hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs,” Covelli said.

Sheriff John D. Idleburg is asking for youth in the community to help name the sheriff’s office’s two newest canine partners.

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Students in kindergarten through senior year of high school are invited to participate.

“Canines Dax, Danno, and Duke were all named by our community’s youth, and I am excited to again invite our youth to cast their votes to name our two newest canines,” Idleburg said.

“As the residents of Lake County know, our canine teams have a proven record of success, and I am incredibly proud of the many lives they have saved. This is precisely why I feel it is important to add two new canines to our canine unit,” Idleburg said.

Public, private and homeschooled students in grades K-12 are invited to participate.

Children must have the permission of their teacher, school or parent.

One entry per student is allowed per dog. The winning name will be selected by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

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Students who select the winning name will be invited to participate in the swearing-in ceremony for the canines.

Name submissions are due by 12 p.m. on March 25, the sheriff’s office said. Those interested in participating can enter here.