News Flash

News

Posted on: December 28, 2018

MCSO Sgt. Sanders and Deputy K-9 Oxx Say Farewell

Sgt. Sanders and K-9 Oxx

Montrose, COLO.— After over 11 years of service, Montrose County Sergeant Keith Sanders and Deputy K-9 Oxx are leaving the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office. This crime-fighting duo has been responsible for the recovering over 59 pounds of marijuana, 22.2 pounds of methamphetamine, 22 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 303 grams of cocaine, 54 grams of heroin, and 407 grams of ecstasy. Deputy K-9 Oxx and Sgt. Sanders also recovered 38 weapons, completed 39 successful apprehensions, and recovered over $59,000 dollars from drug busts. The team has provided assistance in over 130 cases to other agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals, the Colorado State Patrol, and several other agencies within the Seventh Judicial District.

“The addition of K-9 Oxx was one of the highlights of my career,” said Sheriff Dunlap. “Both K-9 Oxx and Sergeant Sanders have been an asset to the Sheriff’s Office. From greeting a classroom of children to performing an open-air sniff on a vehicle suspected to have drugs, they have been a key to helping keep this community safe.”

“Deputy K-9 Oxx loves his job—he loves meeting new people in the community, keeping myself and the other deputies safe, and keeping drugs out of the schools. I would like to thank Chow Down Pet Supplies, Murdoch’s, and San Juan Vet Clinic for sponsoring the K-9 program and supporting Deputy K-9 Oxx and Trainee Roo,” said Sgt. Sanders. “I would also like to thank the community for their unconditional support of the program. Deputy K-9 Oxx, Trainee Roo, and I look forward to transitioning to Delta County and continuing to serve the Seventh Judicial District in the future,” said Sgt. Sanders.

Deputy K-9 Oxx is a Belgian Malinois who was acquired from the Little Rock K-9 Academy in 2011. He was certified in the detection of illegal narcotics/controlled substances, and then later Sgt. Sanders furthered his training and K-9 Oxx became certified in tracking and patrol work.

Deputy K-9 Oxx’s major accolades include: 2013 Patrol Case of the Year by the Colorado Police Canine Association; 2016 Colorado Police Canine Association; 2016 National Police Canine Association Northwest Case of the Year; and piles of awards from the 2017 and 2018 Colorado Police K-9 Challenge including fastest dog in 2017 at 34 miles per hour, first place hardest hitting, and first place obedience.

K-9 Oxx is known and admired for his affable demeanor by the public that loves him, and he is feared by those that tested his “work skills.” Deputy K-9 Oxx was victorious in every challenge he has ever faced with law enforcement suspects. He frequently visited schools to sniff for drugs, represented the MCSO at several community events, and made public appearances to daycare facilities, senior centers, and more.

Deputy K-9 Oxx, Trainee Roo, and Sgt. Sanders will continue to protect and serve the western slope community at the Delta County Sheriff’s Office starting in January. K-9 Oxx will be adopted by Sgt. Sanders upon departure from the MCSO. Trainee Roo is owned by Sgt. Sanders and will continue her training to take over for K-9 Oxx upon his official retirement as a law enforcement canine. Delta County Sheriff-Elect Mark Taylor has stated that the K-9 Unit will be available for calls throughout the Seventh Judicial District in the future as well. “I'm excited to have Sgt. Sanders, along with K-9 Oxx, and Trainee Roo join the team at the Delta County Sheriff's Office,” said Sheriff-Elect Taylor. “I look forward to the continued success that Sgt. Sanders and K-9 Oxx had in Montrose County.”

The community is invited to join Deputy K-9 Oxx, Trainee Roo, and Sgt. Sanders for a farewell party at Chow Down Pet Supplies (202 East Main Street, Montrose) on Friday, December 28th from 3-5pm.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News

ryan-stone-518829-unsplash

Take Precautions to Avoid Hantavirus

Posted on: June 21, 2019
Little Cimarron Avalanche

Avalanche Forces Road Closure

Posted on: June 14, 2019
MontroseCounty-Logo-Seal-transparent

Health and Human Services Reopens Friday

Posted on: January 29, 2019
1- Welcome_22x34

Highway 550 Access Plan (Draft)

Posted on: November 20, 2018
SO_COLOR

Missing Person: Stanley Gardner

Posted on: September 11, 2018
Montrose County, Colorado

West Nile Cases in Montrose County

Posted on: September 11, 2018
SO_COLOR

Montrose County Lifts Fire Restrictions

Posted on: August 30, 2018
SO_COLOR

Inmate Found Unresponsive

Posted on: August 23, 2018
smoke

Montrose County Air Quality Alert

Posted on: July 30, 2018
Montrose County, Colorado

Official Primary Election Results

Posted on: July 6, 2018
SO_COR_COLOR2

Motor Vehicle Fatality Identified

Posted on: July 5, 2018
35384503_2085331881709402_1365659983626108928_n

Upper Mailbox Fire Updates

Posted on: June 15, 2018
norwood

Upper Mailbox Fire Pre-Evacuation

Posted on: June 15, 2018
SO_COR_COLOR2

UPDATE: Information Release

Posted on: May 7, 2018
SO_COLOR

Hunting Death Under Investigation

Posted on: April 23, 2018
SO_COR_COLOR2

Information Release

Posted on: April 23, 2018
159342-MC_RoundUp_Spring18 page 1

Montrose County Roundup Spring 2018

Posted on: April 23, 2018
Free Day Spg 2018

Montrose County Spring Cleanup Day

Posted on: April 9, 2018
SO_COLOR

Inmate Found Unresponsive

Posted on: March 16, 2018
SO_COR_COLOR2

Information Release

Posted on: February 15, 2018
Montrose County, Colorado

March 6th, 2018 Precinct Caucus Day

Posted on: January 11, 2018
radon

Radon Action Month

Posted on: January 10, 2018
SO_COR_COLOR2

Skeletonized Remains Found

Posted on: December 14, 2017
SO_COR_COLOR2

Skeletal Remains Found

Posted on: December 4, 2017
Montrose County, Colorado

Montrose County Board Openings

Posted on: November 28, 2017
SO_COR_COLOR2

Homicide Investigaton

Posted on: November 8, 2017
SO_COR_COLOR2

Homicide Investigation

Posted on: November 1, 2017
Breastfeeding

National Breastfeeding Month

Posted on: August 22, 2017
EBT Outage 8.26.17_1-1english

EBT Outage Starting 8/26/17 10pm

Posted on: August 21, 2017
SO_COR_COLOR2

Death on Highway 550 South

Posted on: August 21, 2017
firebanlift

Fire Ban Lifted

Posted on: July 13, 2017
red flag

Red Flag Warning Issued

Posted on: June 29, 2017
Montrose 2017 Summer Planning Tour Flyer

2017 CDHS Summer Planning Tour

Posted on: June 29, 2017