K9 Unit

In 1998, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office was successful in securing private grant money to help fund the creation of the Canine Unit. Our unit began with one dual-purpose drug dog named K9 Yago. Our unit is self-funded and runs off of fundraisers and donations. Our yearly fundraisers make it possible to afford our dogs the proper vet care, food and equipment; and our K9 team’s invaluable training and certifications. Our K9 unit operates with a zero budget, which gives an invaluable resource to our citizens without using tax dollars.

Our K9 teams are proud to be certified through NAPWDA (North American Police Working Dog Association). This yearly certification is a test that measures the skill of each K9 team, and must be passed each year to remain in service.

Currently we have five K9 teams. Two dual-purpose bomb dogs, one dual purpose drug dog , one single purpose tracking dog and one facility dog.

Lassen

LASSEN

Deputy Emily Sweeney
Single Purpose
Facility Dog

Ranger & Handler

Ranger

Deputy Jeff Belback
Single Purpose
Trailing & Tracking

Riky & Handler

Riky

Deputy Mike Bello
Dual Purpose
Narcotics & Patrol

Woody & Handler

Woody

Deputy Eric Quatman
Dual Purpose
Explosives & Patrol

Zeke & Handler

Zeke

Deputy Pete Perrier
Dual Purpose
Explosives & Patrol

Former K9s

Fetyls, Former k9

FETYLS

Dual Purpose
Narcotic & Patrol

Fetyls, Former k9

Adicus

Narcotic & Patrol
(EOW 2015)

Nico

Nico

Explosive & Patrol
(EOW 07/28/18)

Jango

Jango

Narcotic & Patrol
(EOW 2015)

Banditt

Banditt

Explosive & Patrol
(EOW 02/02/17)

Rocky

Rocky

Narcotic & Patrol
(EOW 2014)

Max

Max

Narcotic & Patrol
(EOW 10/14/15)

German Shephard

Argo

Narcotic & Patrol
(EOW 2006)

Fetyls, Former k9

Bobby

Explosive & Patrol
(EOW 11/12/13)

Yago

Yago

Narcotic & Patrol
(EOW 2012)