S.C.S.O. Canine Unit
The SCSO Canine Unit is a relatively new addition to our Office. Canine teams are called on to support building and area searches, evidence and article searches, victim and missing person searches, bomb and narcotic searches, suspect tracking and other duties where dogs and their handlers can provide unique assistance.
We currently have 4 fully qualified teams that assist the Sheriff's Office in various fields of law enforcement.
Deputy Micheal Buxton with "Marco"
|“Marco” was born on 07/24/2006 in Langehagen, Germany and he has been in service with the Sheriff’s Office since September 2007.
Marco” is a full service K-9 trained in narcotics detection, fugitive apprehension and tracking.
“Marco” has proven to be a valuable asset for the Sheriff’s Office through his ability to work closely with other K-9’s. A prime example occurred during a search for a stabbing suspect as “Marco” worked side by side with “Redman” the bloodhound as they tracked into a wooded area. After a long track, the suspect was located but he refused to surrender peacefully. “Marco” went into the brush and after a struggle; deputies were able to take him into custody.
Deputy Bill Lamb with "Chloe" and "Redman"
|“Redman” was born on 5/27/2003 and was donated to the Sheriff in 2008 by the Desoto Correctional Institute after serving as a tracking hound for escaped prisoners.
“Chloe” was born 1/5/2009 in Lake Butler, Florida. She is the half-sister to Deputy Burkes’ bloodhound “Albert”.
“Redman’s” first find for the Sheriff came during his second week on duty. The incident involved a domestic violence call where a man had pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend placing the gun barrel in her mouth. When the Sheriff’s Office was notified he fled their residence on foot. After a ten minute track in 30-degree weather and high winds, he found the suspect hiding near a pond in a cow pasture. The gun was nearby.
“Chloe” is currently being trained as the replacement for “Redman” when he is eventually retired from service.
Deputy Dave Clark with "Djuke" and "Lenny"
|“Djuke” was born on 1/16/04 Westerburg-Gershasen, Germany and is trained in explosives detection, capable of finding multiple types of explosive materials and even discarded firearms.
“Djuke” is credited with locating a shotgun used in an aggravated assault case from a previous night. He has been in service with the Sheriff’s Office since March 2005 and is currently dedicated entirely to explosive materials detection.
“Lenny” was born 06/11/2007 in Plauen, Germany. He’s been in service as a full service narcotics, apprehension and tracking K-9 since 2009.
“Lenny” recently discovered nearly 9 pounds of methamphetamines “Crystal meth or ICE” as it was covertly concealed underneath the floor of a van in a hidden compartment. The narcotics yielded an estimated street value of $250,000.
Deputy Selby Franklin with "Yoda"
“Yoda” was born 10/16/2005 in Ohrdruf, Germany. He is the brother to Deputy Adkison’s K-9 “Cerry”. He has been in service with the Sheriff’s Office since 2009.
During a recent search warrant execution, “Yoda” conducted a sniff search of the property including a storage shed. Inside of the shed nothing could be seen as it appeared to be completely empty. “Yoda” and his keen drug sniffing nose knew different and he alerted to the bare floor of the shed indicating that the narcotics had been there recently. After scratching their heads for a moment, the detectives, trusting “Yoda’s” nose for dope decided to dig. After pulling up the floor tiles and digging into the ground about a foot, they discovered the ½ kilo of cocaine that the suspects had hoped would remain hidden.
Deputy Burkes and "Albert"
|“Albert” was born on 06/07/2008 in Lake Butler, Florida and is the half-brother to Deputy Lamb’s Bloodhound “Chloe”.
He was purchased and donated to the Sheriff by the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction (jimmyryce.org) when he was 12 weeks old.