K-9 Rex in Scott County reunited with handler

SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – Tuesday morning the Scott County Sheriff’s office released a statement that said in part, that it is in the best interest of Scott County not to retire K-9 officer Rex at this time.

Hours later, Scott County residents gathered to rally behind Rex.

Rex is a German Shepherd and has served the Scott County community for nine years.

Recently, Rex’s handler, Hunter Juden has taken a position with cape county sheriff’s department.

Hunter’s father, Drew Juden who served with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety and is now the Director for the Missouri Department of Public Safety says, “The magic number has always been nine years. Just getting in and out of the car every day, doing the type of work that they do, is very hard on their body physically. All of them, in my tenure were all retired to the handlers.”

Tuesday afternoon, a meeting was held at the Scott County courthouse, where thirty people came to rally for Rex.

County Commissioner Jim Glueck spoke on the issue of retraining Rex following his kenneling during this time period, “It’s going to cost around $6,000 dollars. So we’re looking at 8,000 dollars with a dog for the training, and to kennel it there in Cape, and I think you can buy a new dog for like ten or 12,000 dollars. And normally you get service out of a service dog about eight or ten years, most of the time. So there ain’t no sense in trying to retrain a dog with another handler, that costs that kind of money for one year of service.”

A unanimous vote among the county commissioners was made to release Rex into the care of Officer Juden.

Juden and Rex were reunited within the hour of that decision.

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