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 The agency's canine unit consists of six dogs.

Billy

"Talley and Spike" 

Tonya

"Isom and Arco"

K-9 SPIKE is a 4-year old Dutch Shepherd who is a dual-purpose K-9 is trained in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, tracking, locating articles, and handler protection. K-9 Spike and Sgt. Dan Talley have been a certified team since 2015. Sgt. Talley has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.

K-9 ARCO is a 4-year old Belgian Malinois, who is a dual-purpose K-9 certified in Narcotics and Criminal Patrol apprehension. Deputy Chris Isom has been in Law Enforcement for 10 years and a K-9 Handler for 5 years. He has had three working dogs in his career and has worked alongside Swat Teams and the US Marshal Service.

The History of the Belgian Malinois dates back to 1891, with one of the first being registered, developed around the city of Malines Belgium. The first know Malinois in the US was in 1911. The Malinois is smaller and lighter than the German Shepherd, but also known to be more energetic and agile. The Malinois is of keen intelligence.

 

Jesse

"Roger and Sailor"

 

This unit also includes three American Bloodhounds.

 

Screamer

"Screamer" 

 Ace

"Ace"

 Sadie

"Sadie"

 

 

The two males are "Screamer" and "Ace." The female is "Sadie."  All were bred and trained to track humans. The dogs can pick up a scent, even when it is several hours old, and can follow a trail for hours. The history of the Bloodhound dates back to the 3rd Century A.D. The name "Bloodhound" is believed to come from blooded-hound meaning "of noble blood". The origin of the Bloodhound is Belgium, later further developed in England. The Bloodhound was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885, and it is also believed that the Americans developed the breed more fully for its functions. The Bloodhound's nose openings are larger than those of most other breeds. The large, long ears serve to prevent wind from scattering nearby skin cells while the dog's nose is on the ground; the folds of wrinkled flesh under the lips and neck serve to catch stray scent particles. Humans have five million olfactory receptor cells. The Bloodhound has four Billion.