Schuster makes good on campaign goal; K9 program returns to Mohave County Sheriff


KINGMAN – Reviving the department’s K9 program is a goal Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster met in the first year of his administration. Schuster told supervisors Tuesday that the sheriff’s office has five K9s and trained handlers that are assigned to each of the county’s primary population centers.


Deputies Sam Ruiz and Kevin Gunnoe introduced K9s Thor and Bruno during the board meeting. Thor demonstrated contraband detection skills, plucking scented currency from behind Board Chairman Gary Watson’s nameplate, while Bruno demonstrated obedience training.

Schuster expressed great appreciation for a nonprofit group that organized to raise money to fund the program. Board member Janice Young said the group has raised $37,000 since its inception last August.

Young encouraged companies, groups and individuals to donate in coming weeks as the National Association of Police Chiefs will provide matching funds up to $5,000 in January.

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MCSO Deputy Kevin Gunnoe uses a reward toy to play tug of war with his K-9 partner Bruno during a demonstration held today Jan. 2 at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting. The K-9 demonstration was part of briefing the BOS received from Sheriff Doug regarding the MCSO’s K-9 Program and also by Janis Young, one of the board members for the MCSO’s K-9 Foundation. In addition to Team Gunnoe/Bruno, MCSO has four additional deputy/K-9 teams: Deputy Sam Ruiz and his K-9 Thor, who patrols Yucca and the surrounding, Alamo Road south to Lake Alamo, Buckeye Estates and Santa Fe Estates; Deputy Jeremy Felish and his K-9 partner Brutus, who patrols the Arizona Strip area; Deputy John Wilson and his partner Doc, who patrols Mohave Valley; and Deputy Kelly McCool and his K-9 partner Chase, who patrols the Kingman area. Butch Meriwether/The Standard

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Sheriff Doug Schuster looks on as Janis Young, one of the board members for the MCSO’s K-9 Foundation, briefs the Mohave County Board of Supervisors during the meeting. Ms. Young told the BOS the foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit set up to support the MCSO K-9 Program. Butch Meriwether/The Standard


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