K-9 unit was established in 1994. Presently the unit is comprised
of 3 teams:
Kitts and Zak, Deputy Kyle Pidgeon and Nicky, Corporal Mike Freelon
The K-9 teams
work on the roads in Ashland County. Additionaly K-9s are used to
assist in the Correction Division of the Sheriff's Office.They are
often called upon to assist other Law Enforcement Agencies with in
the county. The team puts on demonstrations for schools and groups.
They also participate in the opening day festivities at the Ashland
any group or organization is interested in having the team put on
a demonstration, please contact the Sheriff's Office.
K-9 program is funded strictly through donations. No tax payer funds
have been used since 1994.
you would like to donate to the Ashland County Sheriff's Canine fund,Call
Sgt. Kitts at the Sheriff's Office at 419-282-6672.
may be made payable to ''Ashland County Sheriff's Office Canine Division."
is a German Shepherd imported from Germany. She was nearly 3 years
old when she arrived in the United States on July 19, 2012. She spent
just over a week in Sandusky with a trainer before she spent her first
day with Kitts.
Meeko will receive intensified training during August thru October
of 2012 with Sgt.Kitts. By
October 2012 she will be certified with the State of Ohio in drug
detection and general duty or normal police work. General
duty certification includes such areas as tracking, article and area
search, criminal apprehension, and handler protection. All dogs are
tested under gunfire in order to obtain their certification. Narcotics
detection certification requires that the dogs are able to detect
and alert to the odor of Marijuana and it derivatives, Cocaine, Crack
Cocaine, and Heroin.
"Nicky" was imported
from Germany where he recieved extensive training. Nicky partnered
up with Deputy Pidgeon in 2010 and continued
the intense and extensive training. Nicky became O.P.O.T.A Certified
in 2010.and primarily works for the Enforcement Division. Nicky
was named 2011 K-9 of the Year.
"Ruger" is a 3 yearold
German Sheppard. He was born and raised in Germany
where he recieved extensive training in police K9 tactics by the time
he was 1-1/2 years old. Ruger was flown to the United States in May
2010 where he was united with his handler Corporal Mike Freelon. Cpl.
Freelon and Ruger continued the intense and extensive training on
a daily basis and became O.P.O.T.A Certified in 2010. They now work
together both in the Corections Division and the Enforcement Division.
Since 2010, Ruger and Cpl. Freelon have been called upon to assist
the Sheriff's Office, Ashland Police Dept. and the Ohio State Highway
Patrol over 80 times resulting in 17 arrests to date.
Ruger is also trained in the detection of Narcotics. He is also trained
in tracking subjects on foot, finding people in buildings and attacking
persons that pose a threat to his handler or others.
Cpl. Freelon has been employed with the Sheriff's Office since 2001
and partnered with Ruger since 2010.