Meet Our K9 Team

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit is comprised of 21 dogs and 18 deputies/handlers. There are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois Mix and Bloodhounds. Each dog has a specialty, such as bomb or narcotics detection or fugitive apprehension. Our bloodhounds are used primarily for tracking and missing persons cases. A dog joins the Sheriff's Office when it is between 1-3 years old, and must complete 480 hours of training with its handler/deputy to be certified as a law enforcement canine. Once certified, the canine is given its own Sheriff's Office personal identification number and badge. The dogs are a treasured part of the Sheriff's Office and any law enforcement agency. To that end, state law helps protect law enforcement canines by making it a felony to injure or kill a police dog. Typically, our canines retire when they reach 7-8 years of age, at which time they become the deputy's family pet.

K9 Unit Jason Hay and Karlo Image

Jason Hay & Karlo

Handler: Jason Hay
Handler Rank: Sergeant
Dog Name: Karlo
Dog Skills: Patrol / Explosives Detection
K9 Unit Jason Allen and Dalek  Image

Jason Allen & Dalek

Handler: Jason Allen
Handler Rank: Corporal
Dog Name: Dalek
Dog Skills: Patrol / Explosives Detection
K9 Unit Anthony Caban and Koa Image

Anthony Caban & Koa

Handler: Anthony Caban
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Koa
Dog Skills: Patrol / Narcotics
K9 Unit Brian Pulido and Champ Image

Brian Pulido & Champ

Handler: Brian Pulido
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Champ
Dog Skills: Hound
K9 Unit Brian Pulido and Morrell Image

Brian Pulido & Morrell

Handler: Brian Pulido
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Morrell
Dog Skills: Patrol / Narcotics
K9 Unit Charles Perdomo and Smoke Image

Charles Perdomo & Smoke

Handler: Charles Perdomo
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Smoke
Dog Skills: Patrol / Explosives Detection
K9 Unit Christopher Dina and Drago Image

Christopher Dina & Drago

Handler: Christopher Dina
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Drago
Dog Skills: Patrol / Explosives Detection
K9 Unit Craig Lariz and Toby Image

Craig Lariz & Toby

Handler: Craig Lariz
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Toby
Dog Skills: Hound
K9 Unit Craig Lariz and Storm Image

Craig Lariz & Storm

Handler: Craig Lariz
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Storm
Dog Skills: Patrol / Narcotics
K9 Unit Dustin Hartline and Specter Image

Dustin Hartline & Specter

Handler: Dustin Hartline
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Specter
Dog Skills: Patrol / Explosives Detection
K9 Unit Jennifer Miller and Moses Image

Jennifer Miller & Moses

Handler: Jennifer Miller
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Moses
Dog Skills: Patrol / Explosives Detection
K9 Unit Jimmy Dixon and Gus Image

Jimmy Dixon & Gus

Handler: Jimmy Dixon
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Gus
Dog Skills: Patrol / Narcotics
K9 Unit Marty Bruce and Hightower Image

Marty Bruce & Hightower

Handler: Marty Bruce
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Hightower
Dog Skills: Patrol / Narcotics
K9 Unit Matthew Moyer and Tonto Image

Matthew Moyer & Tonto

Handler: Matthew Moyer
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Tonto
Dog Skills: Patrol / Narcotics
K9 Unit Michael Guerra and Jolene Image

Michael Guerra & Jolene

Handler: Michael Guerra
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Jolene
Dog Skills: Hound
K9 Unit Michael Guerra and Bandit Image

Michael Guerra & Bandit

Handler: Michael Guerra
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Bandit
Dog Skills: Patrol / Explosives Detection
K9 Unit Travis Wright and Fila Image

Travis Wright & Fila

Handler: Travis Wright
Handler Rank: Deputy
Dog Name: Fila
Dog Skills: Patrol / Explosives Detection