Home Message From the Sheriff Press Releases Contact Us
Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Sign Up for Alerts
Most Wanted Sex Offenders Frequently Asked Questions
K-9 Unit

The Sheriff's Dogs 

"A good dog with a night duty man is as sound a proposition as you can get. The dog hears what the constable does not, gives him notice of anyone in the vicinity, guards his master's bicycle to the death, and remains mute unless roused. He is easily trained and will go home when told to do so with a message in his collar".   Colonel Hoel Llewellyn, Chief Constable of Wiltshire (1938)


Deputy Chris Donovan and Aska ready to work!

Canines have been recognized as a valuable tool in law enforcement since the 1800's.  Many law enforcement agencies have canine units.  These units are most commonly used for suspect apprehension and narcotics detection.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office has two work ready, certified canines. Aska and Abby are trained for specific duties. Both dogs will continue to receive advanced training throughout their careers.



Aska joined the Putnam County Sheriff's Office in 2011. She is a German Shepherd. The German Shepherd is noted for its strength, intelligence, and abilities in obedience training. Because of these characteristics, they are often employed in police and military roles around the world. Deputy Donovan is Aska's handler, and she specializes in narcotics detection and tracking.







Deputy Lyle Manring and Abby prepared to start their shift.


Abby is a Bloodhound that joined the agency in 2012. Bloodhounds have an extraordinarily keen sense of smell. This combined with a strong and tenacious tracking instinct produces the ideal scent hound.  In Scotland, bloodhounds became known as "slough dogs", and it is from this name that the word "sleuth", applied to a detective, is derived. Appropriately, Abby's specialty is trailing. Deputy Lyle Manring is Abby's handler.

Aska and Abby serve Putnam County 24/7.

The assistance of Aska and Abby has been invaluable for Putnam County.  The dogs have been able to gather evidence that may have gone undetected without their heightened senses and advanced training.

The dogs, vehicles, and all equipment were acquired at no cost to the taxpayer by utilizing funds seized.
Crime Tips HOTline - Submit via Email - click here
Emergency - Dial 911 - Phone 706-485-8557 (24 hours)