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K-9 Bloodhound Units

Bloodhounds are known for their keen ability to track scents and find people with their noses. These canines can also distinguish the scent trail of one human being from that of another. It has been estimated that their sense of smell is to be between 1,000 and 30,000 times as strong as that of a human being. This is why they are greatly used by police agencies all over the world.

Lt. Patrick Sheridan and K9 Maggie


K9 Maggie is an AKC registered black and tan bloodhound that came to us from Magpie Kennels in Milford, New Jersey. Currently, she is a five and half year veteran of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office K9 Division and has answered over 300 calls for service. In 2010 alone, K9 Maggie had 55 call-outs that varied from trailing a Breaking and Entering suspect to looking for a missing 5 year old child. She also has assisted local, state and federal agencies with cases.

K9 Maggie trains with her handler, Lt. Patrick Sheridan, every month and attends several training seminars a year. Because of her extensive training, K9 Maggie has proven to be beneficial in helping to locate a large amount of marijuana during a narcotics complaint and she helped to identify a suspect that led to an arrest in a Breaking and Entering case. K9 Maggie has also had the pleasure of being the star of several demonstrations throughout the County and in neighboring jurisdictions.

Lt. Patrick Sheridan
  • Has been in Law Enforcement for 17 years, 15 employed with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

  • He originally started out at the Louisa County Sheriff's Office as a Communications Officer, was hired as a deputy in Fluvanna County and stayed approximately a year and a half. He left Fluvanna and returned to Louisa as a deputy and has since worked his way up through the ranks to Lieutenant of the Patrol Division.
     
  • He first became a bloodhound handler in 1998 with K9 Annie trailing suspects in criminal cases and looking for missing persons for Louisa County and surrounding jurisdictions. He and K9 Annie also assisted in identifying the suspect in a high profile murder case that occurred in 2000 that helped lead to a conviction.

  • Lt. Sheridan later acquired K9 Maggie in the fall of 2005 and they continue to work together today.

  • Thus far in his career, Lt. Sheridan has assisted in training bloodhound teams all across the United States as well as other countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Brazil.

       Accomplishments:

  • Member and trainer of the Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association

  • Trainer for the National Bloodhound Association of Switzerland
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  • Member and past instructor for the National Police Bloodhound Association

  • Trainer for the International Canine Academy for Search Training

  • Has been recognized as an expert witness in the field of the Mantrailing Bloodhound



Det. Stuart "Buck" Garner and K9 Shaker


K9 Shaker is an AKC registered black and tan bloodhound. He joined the Louisa County K9 Division in June of 2007 after his predecessor, K9 Chess, retired. Thus far in his career, K9 Shaker has been requested for 335 calls for service. His most recent achievement was trailing and identifying a bank robbery suspect in Dinwiddie County.

Det. Buck Garner
  • has been employed with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office for 11 years.

  • In total, Det. Garner has 27 years of Law Enforcement experience.

  • He originally started out at the Louisa County Sheriff's Office in 2000 as a Patrol Deputy and, after a year, was promoted to Detective.

  • Det. Garner has been a bloodhound handler for 27 years. Since he has been with Louisa County Sheriff's Office, he has had three bloodhounds: K9 Ranger, K9 Chess and K9 Shaker.

  • He has had a total of nine bloodhounds that he has trained and handled throughout his law enforcement career.

  • Det. Garner acquired K9 Shaker in the June of 2007 after retiring K9 Chess.

  • Det. Garner and K9 Shaker have assisted in training bloodhound teams all across the United States as well as other countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium and Brazil.

  • Using K9 Ranger, Det. Garner assisted in identifying the suspect in a high profile murder case that occurred in 2000 that helped lead to a conviction. His testimony as an expert witness helped develop the first "Bloodhound" case law in Virginia.

       Accomplishments:

  • Member, trainer and co-founder of the Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association

  • Member and past instructor for the National Police Bloodhound Association

  • Trainer for the International Canine Academy for Search Training

  • Has been recognized as an expert witness in the field of the Mantrailing Bloodhound

  • Has instructed at schools all across the United States and Europe

  • Responsible for Virginia's first "Bloodhound" Case law


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