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February 20. 2013 3:48AM
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Plymouth Police Chief Myles Collins, who stands about 6 feet 1 inch tall and 200 pounds, was face to face with a much smaller challenger, Stinger – and quickly lost.

Fortunately, Collins wore a heavily padded arm protector as Stinger, a police dog, locked on, twisting and turning the police chief until the dog's partner commanded the canine to stop. Kingston Police Sgt. Sam Blaski recently provided a demonstration of his Doberman pinscher to members of the Plymouth Borough Neighborhood Crime Watch.

Stinger is among 13 police canines in Luzerne County. He joined the Kingston police force in 2008 and is considered the senior member over Onyx, a German shepherd who began duties in 2010.

Wilkes-Barre police have three canines, the Luzerne County Sheriff's Department has two, Hanover Township, Luzerne, Nanticoke, Sugar Notch, Swoyersville and Wilkes-Barre Township each have one canine.

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