- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are working hard to get out the vote, but their efforts have nothing to do with the state’s prominent presidential primary.

They’re rallying votes for their K9 - Sig - to be named top law enforcement dog at the Red Sox Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on July 27. Online voting will help determine the winner.

Sig will be one of six New England K9s and their human partners honored before the game, when one of the dogs will be named K9 Hero of the Year.

Sig is vying against one other New Hampshire dog - Daisy Mae of the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office - and dogs from Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Sig and conservation officer Mark Hensel last August tracked and located a young boy in Rumney who got separated from his grandfather on a hike in the woods. The law enforcement pair are part of the Advanced Search and Rescue Team and last year participated in 26 search and rescue missions and dozens of law enforcement cases.

Strafford County’s Daisy Mae and partner - deputy sheriff Keith MacKenzie - helped Maine State Police track and apprehend a homicide suspect in St. Francis last year. After climbing three miles through mountainous terrain, Daisy Mae alerted to the suspect, who was pointing a rifle at them. The man was taken into custody without further incident.

Morristown, Vermont, police officer Jason Luneau and his K9, Viper, last December tracked through deep woods and to locate a lost mother and her young daughter. They found them after dark, in rain and near-freezing temperatures.

Massachusetts environmental police officer Artie O’Connell and K9 Diesel last summer tracked two missing girls, ages 10 and 12, through more than four miles of thick vegetation. They located the girls in an area that had already been searched by other police and rescue dogs.

West Hartford, Connecticut, police officer Thomas Lazure and his K9, Jett, apprehended an armed suspect who had fired shots during a carjacking and attempted to shoot a Hartford police officer. The suspect tried to muscle Jett off him before being taken into custody.

A team of three officers and K9s from the Norwalk, Connecticut, police department tracked three suspects who had beaten and robbed a couple at an ATM machine. Two of dogs were injured while taking the three into custody.

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