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K9 Rody’s Retirement

On Thursday, August 9, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will be celebrating K9 Rody’s retirement. The retirement ceremony will be hosted by the Austin Crime Commission.

The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, 508 S. Rock Street in Georgetown. 

K9 Rody served Williamson County from 2013 – 2018. During his service, Rody had hundreds of deployments over his career resulting in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of narcotics and millions in drug-tainted currency. Some of Rody’s top narcotic seizures include a traffic stop yielding 500 pounds of marijuana hidden in a big screen TV, 24 kilos of cocaine concealed in car batteries and over 400,000 dollars of cartel money from a commercial bus hidden in a lead-lined false wall.

He was a gifted tracker, successfully tracking over 50 suspects and missing endangered persons, five of which resulted in bite apprehensions of criminal suspects. His presence motivated countless suspects to surrender without incident.

Cruelty to Livestock

On July 18, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Livestock Unit received a complaint regarding the neglect of numerous cattle at 19000 block of W. SH 29 in Liberty Hill, a property of roughly 180 acres that extends into Burnet County. 

Upon arrival, deputies observed a “boneyard” with carcass looking like remains of approximately nine head of cattle. On July 31, deputies returned to a nearby property where they observed seven head of cattle that were visibly drawn and emaciated. One cow was trapped under a barbed wire fence and did not have the strength to get up.

Child Endangerment

On July 28 at approximately 7:18 p.m. Williamson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service regarding an abandoned child at a splash pad in the Paloma Lake subdivision. Upon arrival, deputies located a 2-year-old boy without a parent/guardian. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a male leave the child at the splash pad unattended.  The male then left the pool parking lot after crashing into a handicap sign on the sidewalk. 

After several hours, detectives were able to identify the child’s parents, but only with the help of social media. Once the child’s picture was posted on social media, one witness called 911 with information identifying the parents.  Detectives were able to locate the father at his residence.

Richardo Cardenas was arrested and charged with Child Endangerment.  

The child’s mother was out of town during the time of the incident. CPS took the child into custody until his mother was able to pick him up. CPS released the child to his mother on July 29.

Animal Cruelty

On July 24 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the WCSO Animal Control Unit responded to a call for service at the 600 block of PVR 914 in Georgetown. Upon arrival deputies and Animal Control located a total of 52 animals. The animals range from dogs, cats, chickens, peacocks and birds. A total of 14 animals were deceased. Four dogs and two cats were found decomposing inside the house in locked crates, the rest were deceased chickens and ducks in the backyard. 

A total of 38 animals were rescued and taken to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter where they are currently being cared for. 

An arrest has not been made at this time. 

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Cuts Ribbon on New Training Center

What: Williamson County will hold a ribbon cutting for the new Deputy A.W. Grimes Law Enforcement

Training Center. The building was designed by Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, and American

Contractors was the construction manager-at-risk. The building cost was approximately $9.9 million and

was completed on time in 14 months. 

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy A.W. Grimes Law Enforcement Training Center is located

next to the Sheriff’s Office shooting range in Hutto.  The main building is approximately 25,000 square

feet in size has two large classrooms, a small classroom, gym, physical demonstration area and offices for

training instructors and recruiting, as well as equipment storage rooms on site. In addition, the building

features energy efficient lighting systems.