K-9 Bloodhound Units
Bloodhounds in Law Enforcement
Bloodhounds are known for their keen ability to track scents and find people with their noses. These canines can also distinguish the scent trail of one human being from that of another. It has been estimated that their sense of smell is to be between 1,000 and 30,000 times as strong as that of a human being. This is why they are greatly used by police agencies all over the world.
Lieutenant Patrick Sheridan & K-9 Rizzo
K-9 Rizzo is a 5 year old American Kennel Club (AKC) registered black and tan Bloodhound. K-9 Rizzo was obtained in January of 2012, as a result of citizen and business donations, from Wychway Kennels in Buffalo New York. K-9 Rizzo was assigned to Lieutenant Sheridan when she was 6 months old. After months of extensive training, K-9 Rizzo was placed in service in June of 2012.
K-9 Rizzo maintains her skills and certifications, by training with her handler every month and attending several training seminars each year. Because of her continued training, K-9 Rizzo has proven to be beneficial in helping to locate a large amount of marijuana during a narcotics complaint and helped to identify a suspect that led to an arrest in a Breaking and Entering case.
K-9 Rizzo has been used to locate several missing and endangered individuals, along with firearms and evidence dropped by suspects while committing a crime. K-9 Rizzo has also had the pleasure of being the star of several demonstrations throughout the County, in the Louisa County Public Schools and in neighboring jurisdictions. K-9 Rizzo and Lieutenant Sheridan have answered over 210 calls for service in Louisa County, other surrounding jurisdictions, and the Virginia State Police. K-9 Rizzo and Lieutenant Sheridan are members of The Virginia Police Work Dog Association, The American Bloodhound Club, Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association.
Lieutenant Sheridan's History & Responsibilities
- Has been in Law Enforcement for almost 21 years, 18 employed with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.
- He originally started out at the Louisa County Sheriff's Office as a Communications Officer, was hired as a deputy in Fluvanna County and stayed approximately a year and a half. He left Fluvanna and returned to Louisa as a deputy and has since worked his way up through the ranks to Lieutenant of the Patrol Division.
- He first became a bloodhound handler in 1998 with K-9 Annie trailing suspects in criminal cases and looking for missing persons for Louisa County and surrounding jurisdictions. He and K9 Annie also assisted in identifying the suspect in a high profile murder case that occurred in 2000 that helped lead to a conviction.
- He later became the handler to K-9 Maggie, who after a successful career was killed in the line of Duty in December of 2011.
- K-9 Rizzo is the third Bloodhound that Lieutenant Sheridan has handled and trained for the Sheriff's Office.
- Thus far in his career, Sheridan has assisted in training bloodhound teams all across the United States as well as other countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Brazil.
- Member and trainer of the Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association
- Trainer for the International Canine Academy for Search Training
- Has been recognized as an expert witness in the field of the Mantrailing Bloodhound