Deputy Dogs Badge

The Deputy Dogs Pets on Patrol Program, initiated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, is recruiting pets to serve as community lookouts for their residences.

Members will be working alongside Lieutenant Bosco, a 7 pound Havapoo-Poo, and Deputy Chance, the ambassador for Lee County and the Lee County School District, to prevent animal abuse in their neighborhoods.

Anything seen or sniffed can be reported to our crime prevention hotline, (239) 477-1000. To register, contact deputydogs@sheriffleefl.org or fill out the online registration form.

Sheriff Carmine Marceno
Sheriff Carmine Marceno
Sheriff Carmine Marceno was appointed Lee County’s 13th Sheriff by Governor Rick Scott on September 25, 2018.

Sheriff Marceno brings decades of law enforcement experience, beginning his career in Suffolk County, New York before moving to Southwest Florida where he joined the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

While with CCSO, he worked as a Patrol Deputy and was a member of numerous specialty units within the agency. He transitioned to a larger public liaison role in community policing, eventually serving as Assistant to Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.

Staff Officer Rich Castellon
Staff Officer Rich Castellon
Staff Officer Richard Castellon joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 after an extensive service record including a CAT II top secret security clearance while assigned to 8 & I Marine Barracks in the United States Marine Corps. In 2003, Castellon was employed as a police officer within the Miami police department, where he became certified as a K9 Decoy with the Miami-Dade K9 Training Center in 2007. In that same year, Castellon became qualified by the International Forensics Research Institute as an explosive K9 detection team member.
Deputy Dog <br />Chance
Deputy Dog
Chance
Deputy Chance has served for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for 5 months as the leader of the Deputy Dogs Pets on Patrol Program. He was found abused outside of Lehigh Acres and was later adopted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Chance’s main initiative is to prevent animal abuse in all of Lee County. Sheriff Carmine Marceno has made Chance the new advocate for animal cruelty and he has been present for all Lee County and Lee County School District events. His ultimate goal is to end animal abuse around the globe.
Lieutenant Dog <br />Bosco
Lieutenant Dog
Bosco
Lt. Bosco has joined the force for 4 months as the commander of the Deputy Dogs Pets on Patrol Program. Here, she assigns patrols, signs certificates, takes photos, and sends cards for kids in hospitals. Bosco weighs 7.9lbs and is specially trained in covert ops. She used these skills recently in the arrest of Renegade Roger the rabbit. This caught fugitive was known for devouring fresh vegetables out of the Hope Clubhouse garden. Thanks to Bosco, he was able to pounce on Roger and assist Chance in the arrest of Roger the Rabbit where he currently resides in Farmer Mills Rabbit hutch.

Maggie

With an estimated 230 million olfactory cells…40 times the number found in humans…the Bloodhound has the ability to track human scent over incredible distances and, often, days after the scent was left. The human olfactory center is the approximate size of a postage stamp; the Bloodhound’s is the size of a handkerchief.

Humans shed approximately 40,000 skin “rafts” per minute. These rafts are made up of skin cells, hygiene products, bacteria, fungus, parasites, sweat, hormones, and enzymes. Having a remarkable ability to sniff an article, read terrain and follow the scent of skin rafts, the Bloodhound’s abilities make their tracking results admissible in court.

Once the Bloodhound identifies the trail, it will not divert its attention despite other scents and odors. It is only when the dog locates the source of the scent, or when it reaches a point at which it is unable to continue, will it stop tracking. Bloodhounds have been known to stick to a trail for more than 130 miles.”

Don and Claudine Ryce established the Jimmy Ryce Center following the 1995 abduction and murder of their 9-year-old son, Jimmy. The center raises awareness about predatory abduction, missing children and victim’s rights. Additionally, the Jimmy Ryce Center donates Bloodhounds to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. To date, they have donated hundreds of these remarkable sniffers.

“A Bloodhound has 60 times the scent power of a German Shepherd and is the only dog that can follow a human trail more than a few hours old,” stated Don and Claudine Ryce. “A Bloodhound is your best single bet for bringing a child, abducted by a predator, home, alive. We believe that Jimmy would be alive today if a Bloodhound had immediately been brought in to search for our son.”

With the sincerest thanks, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has accepted an 8-week-old Bloodhound from the Jimmy Ryce Center! With a recommendation from her Uncle Chance, she will begin her training and, likely, will be ready to begin working within eight months.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is confident that this new Bloodhound, who will now be part of the “Deputy Dogs” program, will be enormously helpful in the search for missing children and adults.