Five K-9s Join Search and Rescue

k9EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has some new members who will put their best paws forward with the search and rescue team.

Five K-9s are now certified with the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.

They dogs are trained to track missing people and human remains.

One dog, Diesel, is still just a puppy, but he’ll be joining the team once he completes his training.

“There’s a lot to do. There’s foundation, there’s obedience, agility, socialization, all the manners, all those kinds of things besides the disciplines,” said Caroline Gillette, President Pacific Northwest Search Dogs.

“They’re a wonderful resource and a good addition to our toolbox in Lane County,” said John Miller, LCSO Search and Rescue Coordinator.

The dog handlers spent more than 1,000 hours a year training these dogs.