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Sheriff’s department renames K-9 after uproar over ‘Nazi’ moniker

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That was one dog of a name.

Sheriff’s department officials in Florida were forced to rename their newest canine colleague after realizing the pooch’s original moniker was the surname of an infamous Nazi general.

Clueless deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office proudly announced the debut of Rommel on Twitter Friday, praising the 10-week-old, liver-colored bloodhound puppy in advance of its “rigorous training” before helping investigators during searches for missing persons, fugitives and evidence to be used during criminal prosecutions.

“Welcome aboard Rommel!” the department tweeted.

“What a gorgeous puppy,” one reply read. “Hope his training goes well.”

But others quickly noticed the name’s sinister past.

Erwin Rommel, born Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel, was a German field general who served as field marshal of Nazi forces in North Africa during World War II. Rommel, known as the “Desert Fox,” later committed suicide in 1944 after being tied to a plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler.

“Cute dog,” one woman from Lake County wrote. “Too bad he got named for a Nazi hero. I find that offensive to me and the dog. We have plenty of American heroes this fine animal could be named after.”

Sheriff officials announced later Friday that the bloodhound’s name had been changed.

“He just learned that the name was tied to a Nazi war criminal,” an updated Facebook post reads. “That being said, knowing that this four-legged public servant belongs to the taxpayers of Lake County and his sensitivity to our Veterans, he immediately renamed him ‘Scout.’”

Deputies said the name was chosen by the dog’s handler, Master Deputy Mark Meintzschel, in a nod to his childhood pet.



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