K9 Trent: Spot On First Time, Every Time

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Sep 182016

img_1035Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trent did a presentation at the Orange Country Fair on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Orange Police Partners demonstrated Trent’s ability to locate drugs by scent.

Trent is a Labrador Retriever trained and certified to sniff out marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, hashish, synthetic marijuana (Spice/bath salts), steroids, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), and opiates (heroin).

Bernegger laid out 5 bags (one containing a small amount of drugs) and 5 cardboard boxes (again, one of them had drugs inside) and asked Trent to “Seek,” which he happily did.

She said that when he found the drugs he would sit, and sit he did… once, twice… four times.

Then it was time for a line-up. five people stood in a line (one was carrying concealed drugs) and Trent had to alert Bernegger to the right individual. Click HERE for video.


Jan 242015

K9 Trent and handler/partner Officer Mary Bernegger

K9 Trent and handler/partner Officer Mary Bernegger

On Friday night, Orange Police Officer Mary Bernegger and her K9 partner Trent visited the Orange Congregational Church where the youth group was taking part in the annual fundraising Freeze Out to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Trent is a trained drug-sniffing dog.

Bernegger hid small amounts of drugs inside the building and told Trent to get to work. The kids and their chaperones watched as he found one item and then another within a few minutes.

Since going into service last June, Trent has done an excellent job at getting illegal drugs off the streets. So far his nose has sniffed out around 20 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.

After he was done impressing his audience, Trent visited with the kids, gave kisses and got plenty of belly rubs while Bernegger answered questions.





Jan 242015

IMG_2356On Friday night into Saturday, the Youth of the Orange Congregational Church participated in the “Freeze Out,” fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity.

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.

Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.

Some residents drove by and handed the kids donations for the cause.

A shanty town of cardboard boxes in front of the church provided them a little shelter from the elements. Tarps kept the snow and rain from soaking and weakening the structure.

The event began at 6 p.m. with a pizza dinner for the participants and ended around 8 a.m. on Saturday.

After dinner the youths and adult chaperones rotated every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who were inside the church hall participated in activities and listened to guest speakers.

This year, Orange police officer Mary Bernegger’s drug-sniffing K9, laborador “Trent” impressed his audience with his amazing ability to find even trace amounts of drugs that his partner hid inside the church building prior to the demonstration.

At 6 a.m., before breakfast, two chaperones, Karen and Stuart were shoveling snow and already had built a snowman.