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    Carbon


    This is a heartwarming tale of how this wonderful Labrador -- who was purchased by a DRUG DEALER and named "Stoney", who nearly starved to death, and who was anemic and bald from fleas and parasites -- blossomed into a nationally-certified narcotics dog who now puts those like his previous owner IN JAIL!!!!! Justice is sweet!!!! We found Carbon alone in his previous home, as his owner was in jail and his "buddy" left him for dead. Carbon was drinking his own urine to survive and it broke our hearts to watch him urinate on the ground, then lick it up. Considering his condition when he first arrived at our rescue, we gave him a 50/50 chance of surviving. Since then, Carbon has graduated in the top of his training class and is now recovering from successful hip replacement surgery.



    From: Tommy Johnston
    Date: 11/09/04 22:47:50
    Subject: Carbon

    Dear Roncy,

    I was wanting to let you know about Carbon!! Carbon was initially adopted by U.S. Customs, however, Carbon is now in the Laurel County Sheriff's Dept. in London, KY. Since we have received Carbon, he is nationally certified in sniffing out narcotics: such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. Myself along with Carbon with through 12 weeks of intensive training taught by Sgt. Doug Gregory (who is a U.S. Customs certified trainer). Carbon graduated in the top of his class through the training. Carbon has also been very effective and successful in performing his duties while being on the road, by making numerous arrests and seizures. However, as you know, Carbon did have hipdysplasia, and his condition worsened over time. As Carbon's condition worsened, Sheriff Gene Hollon with the Laurel County Sheriff's Dept. then decided he wanted to do what it takes to fix the problem. Therefore, on November 10, 2004 at 9:00 Carbon will undergo a full hip replacement at the University of Tennessee Vet. Clinic. He is expected to be down for at least 4 months, but I am sure he will be eager to get back to work. Sheriff Gene Hollon will be paying for the surgery out of our Drug Seizure Money we take in through the Sheriff's Dept. I thought you might find it interesting to hear Carbon's success story and what he is getting ready to undergo. Thank You once again Roncy for all the good you do in this world when it comes to animals. Many people appreciate all you do!! Thanks again!!!! Sincerely,
    Sgt. Tommy Johnston
    Laurel County Sheriff's Dept. K-9 Unit



    From: Tommy Johnston
    Date: 01/08/05 04:37:41
    Subject: Carbon

    Hey Roncy!! I was just giving you an update on Carbon! He is recovering very well after he had his hip replacement surgery on January 4, 2005! His surgery took about 7 hours! He is starting to get cabin fever very bad!! I have to keep him confined to a crate for 1 month until he can go back for his evaluation. He will be out of service for approximately 3-4 months! The day before we went to have his surgery, he found 3 ounces of marijuana hid in a duffle bag inside of a van. It was a good note to end on until he recovers!! I am enclosing some pictures of him in action as well as some pictures of him after surgery!! He is very eager to get back to work and to be able to perform without it being painful!!

    Also, if you don't mind, could you send me the pictures of him when he was rescued by you?? I would really like to put that in his scrapbook if it's not too much trouble! Also, you have permission to display any pictures you want on your web-site of Carbon as well as his story!! Keep doing good for all the loveable labs Roncy!! You're very well thought of in London, KY God Bless You and hope to hear from you soon!!

    Sgt. Tommy Johnston
    Laurel County Sheriff Dept.



    From: Tommy Johnston
    Date: 02/08/05 00:07:48
    Subject: Update on Carbon

    Hey Roncy,

    Just giving you yet another update on Carbon!! We traveled back to the U.T. Vet Clinic today for Carbon's 4 week check-up!! The Doctor said Carbon was doing very well and everything was mending back like it's suppose to!! The doctor released him from being towel walked and can now be walked by leash daily, and also go swimming for 5-10 minutes at a time as long as he doesn't tire out!! However, he still has to be confined to a crate and no running or jumping!! We go back for our second check-up March 7, I will keep you posted!!

    Sgt. Tommy Johnston
    Laurel Co. Sheriff's Dept. K-9 Unit



    From: Tommy Johnston
    Date: 06/08/05 00:10:57
    Subject: Ref. to Carbon

    Hey Roncy,

    Carbon is doing wonderful!! As of April 11, 2005 Carbon is now back on the road working once again!! You just wouldn't believe what a difference the surgery has made in Carbon!! He is like a brand new dog! He has more energy, never slow to stand up, and is more hyper than ever!! As soon as I can get my recent pictures downloaded, I will send them!! Before Carbon came back to work we put him through a re-certification process!! However, the entire time he was off work, he still never missed a beat! Carbon passed his re-certification with flying colors!

    You'll have to let me know when you are coming down and Carbon and myself will make sure we are available! Rocket is doing very well, as well as Tugger!

    Keep me posted on when you are coming Roncy!! Once again, thanks for all the great things you do!! God Bless You!!

    Sgt. Tommy Johnston and Carbon
    Laurel County Sheriff's Dept. K-9 Unit