Carson sheriff’s K-9 unit welcomes two new members

K-9 Conan (left) and K-9 Kato from the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

K-9 Conan (left) and K-9 Kato from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit has added two K-9 teams.

The newest recruits have graduated from elementary school and are assigned to the sheriff’s office patrol division.

The addition maintains CCSO on seven canine teams. The office hopes to add an eighth team to provide full-time coverage for the community.

K-9 Kato is an 18-month-old Dutch Shepherd assigned to Deputy Jeff Pullen. He is a dual-purpose K-9, trained to detect narcotics, arrest and track suspects. Pullen is CCSO’s senior handler and trainer. He has been a handler for 18 years and K-9 Kato will be his fourth dog team. Pullen is regionally recognized as an expert in K-9, and he has personally trained and certified dozens of regional dog teams.

K-9 Conan is an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, and he is trained in the same way as K-9 for dual purposes. His handler, Deputy Myles Foutz, has nearly a decade of law enforcement experience. Foutz is relied upon to train new deputies in the patrol division. He is also an active member of the CCSO SWAT team and is also a Military Reserve with the Army National Guard.

For information about CCSO K-9 or to donate to the K-9 unit, contact Sgt. Darin Riggin at 775-283-7889 or [email protected], or visit the main sheriff’s office building during regular business hours.