Makwa (left) and Maya were given names from this year’s contest. Photo contributed

New puppy names announced for police dogs in Innisfail

RCMP announced winners of Name the Puppy 2019 contest for the RCMP police dogs in Innisfail.

The winning names will be given to the first 13 puppies born at the Police Dog Services Training Centre in 2019.

The winning entries are:

Mace : Abaan Shaikh (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Madox : Teagan Stuart (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Magnum : Blake Pierce (Stratford, Prince Edward Island)

Makwa : Lyila Bruyere (Fort Alexander, Manitoba)

Maple : Owen Pottie (Iqaluit, Nunavut)

Marci : Daelyn van Runt (Calgary, Alberta)

Marlow : Caleb Kilba (Kamloops, British Columbia)

Max : Skye Green (Paulatuk, Northwest Territories)

Maya : Ben Beaton (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)

Memphis : Kaiden Yu (Ottawa, Ontaio)

Mika : Alyssa Dawe (Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador)

Milly : Emily Richard (Shediac River, New Brunswick)

Moose : Kyle Brazeau (Dorval, Quebec)

The Centre received a record-setting 34,714 entries from children in every province and territory. This beat the previous record by over 13,000 entries.

“This year’s response was remarkable,” said Insp. Bill Long, officer in charge of the Police Dog Services Training Centre. “Thank you to all the children, parents and teachers who entered the contest. These names will serve our dogs with pride.”

All names had to start with the letter M. For entries of the same name, a draw determined the winner.

The 13 winners will each receive an official RCMP baseball cap, a plush dog called Justice, and a laminated photo of the puppy they named.

RCMP police service dog teams are an important part of front line policing. They search for missing or lost people, track and apprehend criminals, remove illicit drugs from the streets, detect explosives, and search for evidence used in crimes.

The RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta, is the training centre for all RCMP police dog teams in Canada.

All the German shepherds working today as RCMP service dogs were born at the PDSTC as part of the RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program.

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