GUTHRIE — In just a few months on the job, they've busted drug dealers and located escaped convicts.
Max and Darco are two new members of the Logan County Sheriff's Department.
The police dogs hail from Czechoslovakia but were trained in the United States, said Logan County Chief Deputy Richard Stephens.
It's been several years since the sheriff's department had a K-9 deputy, Stephens said.
A generous donation from ranchers in the area paid for the purchase and training of the two dogs. The dogs cost $9,000 each. The department must train each dog with an officer and outfit squad cars for them.
The Humane Society donated body armor for the dogs, Stephens said.
The dogs are 20 months old.
Max is partnered with Sgt. Paul Martin; Darco is with Deputy Jim Daves.
Each has proved to be a useful addition to the sheriff's department, Stephens said. Besides doing the work of the sheriff's department, the lawmen and dogs have helped several Logan County police departments catch criminals, he said.
“They've both made drug arrests, seized money, have found suspects that were running,” Stephens said.
The dogs live with their human partners and are very sociable. They are only aggressive on command, Stephens said.