Two new four-legged deputies were added to the ranks of the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department recently after the department retired another K9 deputy.

"We are excited to have these new dogs," said JWC Sheriff Daniel Bueno. "They will definitely make an impact on our continuous effort to fight drugs."

Dak and Ardo along with their handlers went through a vigorous training before they could be used by the department.

The dogs were bought through the department's drug forfeiture fund at a combined total of $16,000.

Dak and Ardo stay with their handlers, Detectives Edward Sanchez and Robert Waldrop, at all times even after their shift is over.

"The next step is to purchase (Dak and Ardo) bulletproof vests," Bueno stated. "They also need to be protected as they serve the residents of Jim Wells County and surrounding areas."

The department now has a total of four K9s deputies.

The K9s have proved themselves an asset to the department when Ardo led his handler to the confiscation of $39,060 during a traffic stop.