Latest K-9 Success
Every day the K-9 teams works side by side with local law enforcement. Check back frequently for stories of every day actions that keep the teams on their toes and the dogs using their nose!
May 2012 - Rico in Pursuit
A Dane County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on Hwy PD near Country View Rd. As he was contacting the driver, the driver drove away, westbound at a high rate of speed. A short pursuit ensued before the suspect drove into a field. The driver fled on foot. Deputy K. Kelly and his K-9 partner Rico were able to complete a track back to an apartment complex associated with the registered owner. The driver was eventually arrested from the residence for Eluding.
Deputy Keith Kelly and K-9 Rico assisted Stoughton PD with a K-9 track of a suspect who had fled on foot from a traffic stop. K-9 Rico found the suspect about 3 blocks from the stop location, passed out, partially submerged in a creek.
March 2011 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter responded to back-up another deputy on a traffic stop. One of the vehicle occupants was showing a valid arrest warrant with a caution flag indicating the person was "violent / possibly armed". Hunter stood by while the person was taken into custody without incident. Hunter then performed a narcotics sniff on the vehicle locating drug paraphernalia.
February 2011 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix responded to a armed barricaded subject with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victim was believed to be alive, but would not follow directions from deputies, and his exact location in a garage was not known. Utrix was sent into the garage ahead of deputies to ensure officer safety. The victim was located in a vehicle and Utrix was recalled. The victim eventually surrendered and survived his wound.
January 2011 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix responded a theft in progress from a construction site. One of the offenders fled on foot. Utrix tracked the suspect for more than two miles, locating evidence along the track, and leading deputies to the house where the suspect had fled.
ARMED / BARRICADED SUBJECT
January 2011 Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico responded to assist another agency with a Domestic Disturbance. The male suspect held his girlfriend hostage in their apartment, claimed he was armed with a shotgun, and was threatening to shot officers. Rico was placed in front of officers as the suspect was called out of the apartment and surrendered.
January 2011 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter assisted with a sniff for illegal narcotics on a traffic stop. Hunter alerted on the vehicle and a significant amount of cocaine was found.
January 2011 Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico responded to an emergency request for back-up from another deputy who was attempting to arrest a wanted person. The wanted person armed himself with a large butcher knife and challenged the deputy. The wanted person then became involved in a physical altercation with a female at the residence while still holding the knife. Rico was brought into the residence and prepared to deploy when the wanted person surrendered.
2010 A FOURTH STRAIGHT RECORD YEAR
January 2011 The K9 Unit responded to 1,123 calls for service directly related to the need for a highly trained police canine in 2010. This represents an 18% increase in calls from 2009 and an increase of 130% over the last four years. In 2010 they checked 3,413 packages for explosives, completed 358 explosives sweeps at the Airport, apprehended sixteen offenders, sniffed 522 vehicles for illegal narcotics, took numerous illegal narcotics off the street (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine), tracked 40 suspects, and performed numerous other tasks. The success of the Sheriff's Office K9 Unit is a direct result of the community support we receive. Thank you for helping us have another successful year.
TRACK AND APPREHENSION
November 2010 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix assisted another agency after two people fled on foot from a vehicle during a traffic stop. Utrix lead officers to an old barn where both suspects were taken into custody without incident. Heroin paraphernalia was also recovered.
November 2010 Deputy O'Neil assisted another agency with a drug investigation. A large quantity of heroin was seized.
November 2010 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter, Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix, and Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico assisted the Tactical Response Team who responded to an armed suicidal subject. Hunter and Utrix were used to help secure the perimeter around the rural property. Rico was used to apprehend the offender after he came outside and tried to flee back into the residence.
October 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani were used to sweep parts of the State Capitol and Dane County Regional Airport after bomb threats were called in to both locations. No explosives were detected.
October 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani checked a suspicious package mailed to a U.S. Senator's residence. No explosives were detected.
October 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani assisted the Secret Service during Vice President Biden's visit to Madison. K9 Dani conduct numerous sweeps for explosives.
September 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani assisted the Secret Service during President Obama's visit to Madison. K9 Dani conduct numerous sweeps for explosives to ensure the Presidents safety.
September 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani assisted the Secret Service during President George W. Bush's visit to Beloit. K9 Dani conduct numerous sweeps for explosives.
August 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani conducted protective explosives sweeps during a visit to Milwaukee by Attorney General Eric Holder.
August 2010 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter assisted another agency involved in a foot pursuit with a person wanted on several felonies. Hunter tracked the offender, then searched several outbuildings, and finally flushed the offender out. The offender was taken into custody by perimeter units.
August 2010 Deputy Enger and K9 Ty assisted Dive Teams from another agency that were searching the Wisconsin River for a missing person. This was Ty's first water search outside of training.
July 2010 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter assist another agency with an on-going drug investigation. A large quantity of heroin and cash were seized.
ARMED / BARRICADED SUBJECT
July 2010 Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico responded to assist patrol deputies with an armed barricaded subject. Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter were called in to assist with maintaining a perimeter. K9 Rico was eventually used to enter the room the suspect was in ahead of the Tactical Response Team.
June 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani conducted protective explosives sweeps during a visit to Madison by Attorney General Eric Holder.
June 2010 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter assist another agency with an on-going drug investigation. A large amount of crack cocaine and some cash are seized.
June 2010 Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico alert on a structure indicating the presence of illegal drugs. Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter alert on the same structure on a different day. A search warrant is executed on the structure. A large quantity of crack cocaine, marijuana, and a handgun are seized.
MISSING PERSON INVESTIGATION
June 2010 Deputy Enger / K9 Ty, Deputy Biwer / K9 Utrix, and Deputy Kelly / K9 Rico assisted with a missing person investigation. Numerous area searches were completed in an attempt to locate the missing person. The missing person was located several days later and returned home.
May 2010 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter assist another agency with an on-going drug investigation. A large quantity of marijuana is seized.
K9 TY COMPLETES CERTIFICATION
May 2010 Deputy Enger and K9 Ty completed certification testing with the North American Police Working Dog Association. K9 Ty is trained in tracking and cadaver detection. K9 Ty is the third dog Enger has trained in cadaver detection. Enger's current partner, K9 Milo, is being forced to retire early because of the on-set of hip dysplasia.
May 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani assisted with explosive detection sweeps during a visit by the Dalai Lama.
May 2010 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix assisted another agency with a homicide investigation. K9 Utrix was used to search for evidence related to the shooting.
April 2010 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani assisted another agency with a homicide investigation. K9 Dani was used to search for evidence related to the shooting.
March 2010 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter assisted another agency with an armed robbery. Another officer spotted the unoccupied suspect vehicle. K9 Hunter tracked the suspect from the vehicle to an apartment complex where all three suspects were taken into custody.
March 2010 Deputy Biwer used a hand-held GPS unit to locate an ice fisherman who became lost near Upper Mud Lake (McFarland) as darkness and heavy fog settled into the area. The fisherman was able to call 911 on his cell phone which allowed the dispatch center to get coordinates to his location. The GPS units were made possible by the George Bailey Foundation in 2009. In 2008 the George Bailey Foundation funded the purchase of devices used to imprint the odors (narcotics, explosives, cadaver) the dogs are trained to locate.
February 2010 Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico assisted another deputy who had stopped a vehicle on the Interstate. The vehicle was travelling from Chicago to Minnesota. Numerous indicators of narcotics activity were noted. K9 Rico indicated as to the presence of a controlled substance. More than 200 grams of THC (marijuana) were found in the vehicle.
K9 HUNTER COMPLETES CERTIFICATION
February 2010 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Hunter completed certification testing through the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA). The Sheriff promptly K9 Hunter for service. O'Neil started working with K9 Hunter in November after the passing of K9 Thor.
January 2010 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix were following up on information about possible illegal drug activity. They came into contact with a person, who they later arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana.
2009 ANOTHER RECORD YEAR
January 2010 The K9 Unit responded to 950 calls for service directly related to the need for a highly trained police canine in 2009. This represents a 49% increase in calls over the last three years. They completed more than 660 explosives sweeps at the Airport, checked more than 560 packages for explosives, seized more than $46,000 in drug money, took numerous illegal narcotics off the street (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine), tracked more than 40 suspects, and performed numerous other tasks. The success of the Sheriff's Office K9 Unit is a direct result of the community support we receive.
SUSPICIOUS OBJECT EXPLOSIVES
December 2009 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani were called to check certain portions of the Capitol after it was reported a suspicious person may have placed a bomb in the building. Nothing was located. A short time later they were called to a nearby business to check a suspicious package. No explosives were detected.
November 2009 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani assisted the Secret Service during President Obama's visit to Madison. K9 Dani conduct numerous sweeps for explosives to ensure the Presidents safety.
SUSPICIOUS OBJECT EXPLOSIVES
October 2009 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani responded with the Sheriff's Office Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit to check a suspicious package found in a parking ramp. Explosives Technicians rendered the package safe. K9 Dani was used to sweep the parking ramp and vehicles for other suspicious devices.
ARMED ROBBERY / VEHICLE PURSUIT
September 2009 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix assisted during a vehicle pursuit. The offending vehicle had just been involved in an armed robbery of a bank. The pursuit ended when spike strips were successfully deployed. The offender exited the vehicle and while displaying a handgun fled into a wooded area. K9 Utrix was used to track the suspect. K9 Utrix located the offender and he immediately surrendered to police.
September 2009 Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico assisted another agency with a drug investigation. Rico alerted to the presence or illegal narcotics on two vehicles, resulting in a search of the vehicles. More than 100 grams of cocaine, marijuana, two handguns, and almost $7,000 in cash was recovered from the vehicles.
SEARCH WARRANT EXPLOSIVES
August 2009 Deputy Lindner and K9 Dani responded with members of the Dane County Sheriff's Office Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit to assist another County with executing a search warrant. Information had been received that there were explosive devices in the residence. K9 Dani was used to sweep for the presence of explosives before officers searched the area.
STRONG ARMED ROBBERY
August 2009 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Thor responded to a strong armed robbery. The offender had been located and was barricaded in a residence. The offender surrendered once Deputy O'Neil gave warnings about the presence of K9 Thor.
August 2009 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Thor responded to an armed robbery of a bank. K9 Thor was used to track the offender. K9 Thor tracked across the bank parking lot and then south to a nearby biking trail. K9 Thor then pulled off the track into some heavy brush and alerted on a baseball cap. This was the same cap worn by the offender during the robbery. Deputy O'Neil instructed K9 Thor to track again.
K9 Thor tracked along the biking trail and then tracked off onto a small trail through a wooded area. Part way down the trail, K9 Thor again pulled off the trail into some brush. K9 Thor alerted to additional clothing worn by the offender during the armed robbery. K9 Thor continued tracking into a residential area, where the track abruptly ended at the roadway. The suspect was taken into custody later and it was determined the track ended where the get-away vehicle had been waiting.
August 2009 Deputy Kelly initiated a traffic stop on the Interstate. K9 Rico alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle. The subsequent investigation resulted in the seizure of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.
June 2009 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix went to an apartment complex to follow-up on previous drug complaints. K9 Utrix alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in one of the apartments. A subsequence investigation resulted in the seizure of a half pound of marijuana.
June 2009 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Thor responded with other deputies to a residential burglary in progress. The suspect fled on foot prior to deputies arriving. K9 Thor tracked the suspect more than five miles through farm fields, wooded areas, and a creek. Along the track K9 Thor alerted on a backpack, later determined to contain tools the suspect was using to commit the burglary. The suspect was apprehended by deputies on the perimeter. K9 Thor continued the track, succefully linking the suspect back to the residence where the track started.
June 2009 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix assisted another deputy on a traffic stop. K9 Utrix alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle. The investigation resulted in an arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
May 2009 Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico went to a hotel to follow-up on previous drug complaints. K9 Rico alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in one of the rooms. The subsequent investigation resulted in the seizure of 1.25 pounds of marijuana and over $7,000.
May 2009 Deputy Kelly and K9 Rico assisted during a vehicle pursuit. The offending vehicle contained a suspect in several area shootings. The vehicle pursuit stopped after spike strips were successfully deployed. All three occupants from the vehicle bailed out and fled on foot.
The driver was quickly taken into custody by officers as he ran through an apartment complex. The other two occupants fled into an area covered in thick vegetation, allowing only about two feet of visibility. Deputy Kelly gave verbal warnings into the wooded area telling the offenders a police canine was going to be deployed. K9 Rico then tracked into the wooded area, quickly locating one of the offenders. The final offender gave up to one of the police units on the perimeter after hearing the police canine warning.
K9 Rico also located crack cocaine in the vehicle.
March 2009 Deputy O'Neil and K9 Thor assisted in apprehending two suspects that stole an ATM. The suspects fled in a vehicle which was involved in a short pursuit before stopping and the two suspects ran from the vehicle. Deputy O'Neil and K9 Thor responded to the scene and a perimeter of the area was quickly set up. One suspect was thought to be hiding on a porch. Deputy O'Neil made announcements of his presence with K9 Thor and the suspect gave up.
Deputy O'Neil and K9 Thor then back tracked the suspects paths, locating a wallet and knife the suspects had dropped while fleeing. The tracks led to the areas where each suspect was apprehended, confirming they had the right suspects.
March 2009 Deputy Biwer and K9 Utrix responded into the Village of Deerfield for a reported Prowler looking into a caller's window. After getting suspect information, including the direction in which the suspect fled, Deputy Biwer and Utrix initiated a track. After tracking across a field, road, and down sidewalks, the track eventually led to a back deck of a residence. This successful track contributed to the arrest of a suspect that same night.
August 2008 At approximately 8:15PM, deputies responded to a crash on STH 138 at Starr School Rd. Both occupants from the at-fault vehicle sustained significant injuries, yet fled on foot into a nearby cornfield.
Deputy O'Neil and K9 Thor were paged from home and began tracking the two suspects at 9:15PM, one hour after the crash had occurred. The track lasted one hour and twenty-five minutes covering 1.7 miles. The majority of the track was through cornfields, but also crossed a swamp, plowed field, alfalfa field, heavy brush, and a small wooded area. One of the suspects was located in a small wooded area approximately 2.5 hours after the crash had occurred. The suspect was still bleeding heavily when found and was in need of medical attention. Fire and EMS personnel assisted in the difficult task of extracting this person from this remote location. The suspect was eventually taken by Med-Flight to UW-Hospital.
August 2008 An armed robbery occurred at an apartment complex on the south side of Madison Deputy Kelly and K9 Indy were training in the area and were called into service by the Madison Police Department. K9 Indy began tracking through a park, crossing a four-lane road, and then along a nearby roadway.
During the track, the suspect committed another robbery at a local business. Deputy Kelly and K9 Indy tracked through the building where the second armed robbery occurred and then back along a roadway. Madison Police perimeter units eventually apprehended the suspect as he was being "pushed" by K9 Indy's tracking. The track covered approximately 20-city blocks in 80-degree heat.
July 2008 The Dalai Lama visited Dane County for a week during the month of July. Deputy Scott Lindner and K9 Dani were assigned dignitary detail to providing protective sweeps for explosive materials. The Dalai Lama had a safe and successful visit to Dane County.