Sheriff’s Office Celebrates K9s Milestones

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Sheriff’s Office Celebrates K9s Milestones
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

This week, the Sheriff’s Office is celebrating milestones in the careers of 2 of our K9s. [Thursday] was the last working day for Sheriff’s K9 Magnum who is retiring with over 6 years of service. Magnum is a German Shepherd that works with Sheriff’s Deputy Mike McNeil. Together, they have been involved in over 40 narcotics-related searchers and won an award for narcotics searches at the Las Vegas K9 Trials.

Also, this past week Sheriff’s K9 Krypto logged his 200th narcotics find. Krypto is a 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever assigned to Custody Deputy Ian Ur. Krypto and Ur work primarily at the Santa Barbara Main jail where they search for drugs including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, suboxone and marijuana. In earlier 2020, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office will be purchasing two additional K9s, one of which will be assigned to patrol operations and the second to custody operations to assist Krypto.

While celebrating the achievements of our working K9s, we couldn’t overlook Tess, a 3-year-old bulldog mix that we are fostering through the Santa Barbara Humane Society at the Sheriff’s Office Main Jail. Tess’ primary assignments include sleeping underneath various desks, giving slobbery greetings and performing a very limited number of tricks for treats. Tess is not officially part of the Sheriff’s K9 program, though she is counted as a member of the Sheriff’s Office family.

The Sheriff’s Office K9 program is funded primarily through donations. If you would like to learn more about the Sheriff’s Office K9 program, please visit If you are interested in donating to the K9 program, please email us at [email protected] If you are interested in adopting from the Santa Barbara Humane Society, please visit their website at   

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a-1576975284 Dec 21, 2019 04:41 PM
Sheriff’s Office Celebrates K9s Milestones

Cops using dogs to sniff out contraband is fine (when they don't fabricate alerts to perform unjustified searches, as their handlers so often do), but using beasts trained to be vicious to attack people should be illegal. If any of you have ever seen a dog attack or how cops savage people with dogs, you would know how heinous this practice is.

a-1576960591 Dec 21, 2019 12:36 PM
Sheriff’s Office Celebrates K9s Milestones

Tess is part “Bulldog.” And a terrific Ambassador for all her “part Bulldog” ilk. Kisses and hugs and lots of tasty chewies for this entire pack of outstanding dogs.

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