FEBRUARY 19, 2016

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus, 412-350-4714

Ten-week Bloodhound will be utilized for tracking and investigations

PITTSBURGH, PA - With four gangly legs, oversized feet and naive disposition, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office’s newest member is not your typical recruit.  But with his inherent tracking abilities, Ranger will be an invaluable asset to the Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Division.  Ranger, a ten-week old, male Bloodhound puppy, was recently donated to the Sheriff’s Office by DeWayne and Salena King, AKC Bloodhound breeders who live in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office welcomed Ranger to its courthouse offices, where he is quickly becoming a well-known figure amongst employees and the public. 

This is the second Bloodhound the Kings donated to the Sheriff’s Office.  In 2006, they donated K9 Max, who served the Sheriff’s Office until his death in 2015.  Ranger’s Deputy Sheriff Handler is Jeffrey Belback, a three-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office.  Ranger, a single-purpose tracking dog utilized for tracking individuals and other investigative techniques, will begin specialized training this summer, and is expected to begin patrols in September. 

Ranger is currently at the Sheriff’s Office, where he will spend at least the next week with Deputy Belback becoming acclimated to his schedule and facilities.  Please contact the Sheriff’s Office if you would like to schedule an individual meet and greet or film video material with K9 Ranger.