K9 Unit

Iris and Her Handler


Iris is the newest member to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department's K9 Unit. In the photo, Iris is wearing a new bullet and stab protective vest that she received thanks to a donation from the not for profit organization, Vested Interest in K9 feet Inc.


Iris is a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd trained in narcotics detection, offender apprehension and patrol duties. Her Handler, Deputy Chris Pitalo says, " she's a small dog but very fast, very intelligent, loves to work, and loves to play." 

Additional K9 Deputies

The Sheriff's Department has two other K9 Deputies:

  • 5 year old Tino, a Belgain Malinois trained in evidence, narcotic detection, and suspect apprehension
  • 7 year old Aragon, a German Shepherd with bomb and evidence detection skills

More Information

Learn more about Vested Interest in K9s by visiting their website