The Carter County Sheriff’s Office currently has one K-9. K-9’s are highly trained dogs who assist with many tasks, from searching vehicles to apprehending suspects. Our dog is “Passive Alert” trained, which means he will sit when he detects a smell, rather than barking and scratching.

K9 Spike & Deputy Rudis

K9 Spike specializes in sniffing and searching for contraband in the county jail and tracking missing persons or fugitives. He has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since December 2016.

Spike is very friendly, but you should always ask a dog’s handler before attempting to pet any dog (especially K-9’s). Make sure to ask Deputy Rudis if it’s alright to get close to Spike before you try to give him good pets. He may even lick you if he gets the chance!