North Carolina sheriff’s office trims name contenders for new K-9 puppy to 9; voting ends Monday

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — The Union County Sheriff’s Office is inching closer to selecting a name for its newest employee.

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According to WSOC-TV, Sheriff Eddie Cathey originally asked people to submit name suggestions in the Facebook comments on the office’s post introducing an 11-week-old German shepherd puppy, currently known as “Puppy Doe.”

On Friday, however, the sheriff’s office confirmed via a follow-up post that the field of names has been narrowed to the following nine possibilities, with votes being accepted through noon Monday, WSOC reported:

  • Axel: Stands for “Father of Peace.” Honors U.S. Navy SEAL Matthew Axleson who sacrificed his life in Operation Red Wings during the war in Afghanistan in 2005.
  • Griff: Honors Union County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Griffin whose dedication and discipline has been instrumental in building the K-9 program.
  • Honor: Recognizes the 158 law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • Kane: Associated with “warrior” or “tribute” in various languages.
  • Logan: In honor of a local young man who is on the autism spectrum and has dedicated his life to the care and well-being of all little creatures, especially dogs.
  • Radar: A radar system is a vital tool utilized to monitor the locations of important people places and things in different situations.
  • Thor: The name signifies strength and is often associated with thunder in Greek mythology.
  • Union: In honor of Union County, which was founded in 1842.
  • Valor: Defined as “strength of mind or spirit that enables one to encounter danger with firmness.”

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“Please keep in mind that this vote will be based on the honor system as Facebook no longer offers a voting poll option. PLEASE KEEP THE VOTING FAIR AND ONLY LIKE/LOVE ONE OF THE PHOTOS/NAMES,” the sheriff’s office stated.