(Photo | Courtesy of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office)
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is excited to introduce our newest K9. The 15-week-old bloodhound was donated to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office by Tamaron Ranch Bloodhounds in September. Since then, a process occurred to identify and select a handler for him. Deputy Donny Patterson, a 12-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was recently selected to be that partner. They officially became partners on Halloween, and both will head to Riverside, California next week to begin the training and certification process.
As our bloodhound does not have a name yet, we are asking for name suggestions from the community. If you have a name idea related to law enforcement, please visit our Facebook page where you will find a post to submit your name suggestion(s). The most popular names will be put to a vote later this week for final selection and official naming. You can visit our agency Facebook page here: facebook.com/DeschutesCountySheriff.
Tamara Thomas, owner of Tamaron Ranch Bloodhounds in Chowchilla, California, said, “We just love that we are able to donate one of our dogs to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, where he will be utilized to search and locate missing people. This bloodhound will be an incredible addition to the Sheriff’s Office K9 program.”
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to give a special thank you to Tamaron Ranch Bloodhounds for its generous donation, but also to the founder and owner of Whistles for Life, Bob Cameron, for coordinating this very special new member of the Sheriff’s Office.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol and Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.