Gallia County Welcomes New K-9 With Coloring Contest


GALLIA COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – Officials are inviting children across Gallia County to welcome K-9 Torm as the newest member of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin and Gallia County District Attorney Jason Holdren, all children from kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to participate in the coloring contest featuring a coloring page of the new K-9 .

Parents can go to Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page and print the coloring. The winner in each age category will receive a $100 gift card and the winning entry will be featured on the GCSO Facebook page in the weeks following the contest.

To enter, parents must put their child’s name, age, and grade level along with the name of their school or if they are homeschooled. The coloring page must be mailed or dropped off at the following address in an envelope marked “Coloring Contest”:

Gallia County Sheriff’s Office
18 locust street
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631

The GCSO also says coloring pages have been provided to all elementary schools in the county. The contest ends on June 3, 2022.

K-9 Torm and Deputy Garrett Hill (Courtesy Gallia County Sheriff’s Office)

The age categories for the contest will include:

  • pre-kindergarten to 1st grade
  • 2nd year to 4th year
  • from 5th to 6th grade

Torm recently came to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office from Sculpadog Kennels in Estonia. He will work with Deputy Garrett Hill and the couple will soon begin training to serve the county.

“I’m also delighted that K9 Torm came to us from Teus Tijessling of Sculpadog Kennels in Estonia,” Champlin said when Torm’s arrival was first announced. “Mr. Tijessling is known for training and handling top quality dogs and is the same trainer through whom I got my first police dog, Virago, who many will remember from my tenure with the Police Department of Gallipolis.


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