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K-9 units to start patrolling local H-E-B's

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Local H-E-B's are bringing in the "big dogs" to ramp up security but there won't be a need for a 'Beware of Dogs' sign.  The dogs will be quite visible and ready to stop any unwanted activity on premises.

The grocery chain has already been using K-9 units at stores in Houston and San Antonio.  The police dogs patrol the parking lots looking for troublemakers.

Courtesy police officers currently protect shoppers and employees but the new security team called Strategic Executive And Logistical (S.E.A.L.) with their K-9's will relieve those officers.  

Six K9 units are being transferred from San Antonio and will be patrolling local HEB parking lots, including Storm and Wren. 

"They're not attack dogs, they are here for our protection," S.E.A.L. Security Guard Daniel Bridges said, "If you walk up to a group of people by yourself, they may figure they can intimidate you. But when you have a dog, it's pretty much a great equalizer. For one they know they can't outrun it, they know they can't intimidate it. Situations usually get resolved pretty calmly, pretty quickly."

The dogs will be at three HEB locations: Port and Tarleton, Leopard and Nueces Bay, and Annaville.  If there are incidents at any other stores, the dogs could be dispatched there too. 

"We'll be there any time in the early afternoon until the last employees go home, walk them all to their vehicles and make sure they got off the property safely," Bridges said. 

The dogs will start patrolling on Tuesday.

Handlers ask the dogs not be petted while on the job.  

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