RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has two new K-9 deputies: Deputy Dan and Deputy Odie, both bloodhounds.
The dogs were donated by Keith Hockett, owner of Green Valley Farms in Randleman, according to Sheriff Maynard Reid.
The deputies are from the same litter and are 18 months old; an ideal age to begin training as tracking dogs.
The dogs are currently being trained in-house by Lieutenant Jeff Cook who has been a K-9 handler and trainer for 13 years.
Deputy Randall Purvis has been assigned as K-9 Deputy Dan’s handler and K-9 Deputy Odie has been assigned to Deputy Russell Hogan. The dogs will help search for missing or wanted people, according to deputies.
There are three other K-9 deputies on the force and two just retired, according to the sheriff.