K-9 Unit History
These dogs have served the Sheriff's Office well and we honor the work they have done for the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit was formed in 1994 with Deputy Stan Gordon and his partner, Shadow. Shadow was purchased from the St. Paul Police K-9 Unit and received his training there. Shadow and Deputy Gordon were partners for 3 years until Deputy Gordon left the Sheriff's Office for an investigation position. Shadow is now retired and living with the Gordon's.
- Birthday: March 13, 1994
- Hunter's safety message: No goal is out of reach if you really believe in yourself and are willing to work for it.
K-9 Hunter and Deputy Landsem became partners in 1995. K-9 Hunter and Landsem received their training at the St. Paul Police K-9 Unit. K-9 Hunter had several finds in his career, including both narcotics and hidden subjects. In 1999, K-9 Hunter took 1st place at the United States Police Canine Association Field Trials in Criminal Apprehension. K-9 Hunter passed away from a stomach problem shortly after the trials in 1999.
- Birthday: May 9, 1993
- Jake's safety message: Always wear your seatbelt.
K-9 Jake and Deputy Steffes became partners in 1996. K-9 Jake and Steffes received their training from the Minneapolis Police K-9 Unit. K-9 Jake retired from the Sheriff's Office in 2002 and is living at home with the Steffes family and Deputy Steffes' new partner, Indy.
- Birthday: January 27, 1997
- Jax's safety message: Don't give in to "Peer Pressure". D.A.R.E. to say "NO" to drugs and alcohol.
K-9 Jax and Lt. Steve Landsem became partners in 1999. K-9 Jax was imported from Czechoslovakia and purchased from Orchard Knolls Kennel in North Carolina. K-9 Jax responded to Czechoslovakian commands. K-9 Jax was certified with the United States Police Canine Association. K-9 Jax was trained in narcotics detection, tracking for missing persons and suspects, and building searches. K-9 Jax retired from the Sheriff's Office in 2006 and is living at home with the Landsems.
- Birthday: May 2000
- Indy's safety message: Seatbelts save lives!
K-9 Indy and Deputy Scott Steffes became partners in 2003. Indy was imported from Czechoslovakia and purchased from Performance Kennels in Minnesota. K-9 Indy was certified with the United States Police Canine Association. K-9 Indy was trained in narcotics detection, tracking for missing persons and suspects, and building searches. K-9 Indy successfully found several suspects throughout his career. K-9 Indy passed away suddenly from cancer in November of 2009.
- Birthday: April 2006
K-9 Cuda and Deputy Ryan Carey became partners in 2007. Cuda was imported from Slovakia and purchased from Performance Kennels in Minnesota. K9 Cuda was certified with the U.S.P.C.A and trained in narcotics, tracking, building searches and suspect apprehension. K-9 Cuda has received the following regional and national awards from 2008-2012:
|Top Team 2010||2nd place overall dog (twice)||Mike Fischer Award|
(top apprehension score in
|Top Team 2011||4th place overall dog||1st place apprehension (twice)|
|Top Team 2012||5th place overall dog|
|Top Rookie Team||2nd place in agility|
|6th place overall||2nd place team|
|8th place overall||2nd place obedience|
K-9 Cuda is currently working at the Sussex Correctional Institute in Delaware.