Deputy dogs help solve hundreds of murders

“The average person loses 50 to 70 million skin cells a day. Wherever you go, you're leaving cells. They're microscopic. We can't see them or smell them, but the dog can,” said Keith Pikett, a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Pikett has trained his dogs since they were pups. The former teacher was so overwhelmed by volunteer work that he finally surrendered and became a Fort Bend County Sheriff's Deputy.

The team assists in high profile cases across the country. The dogs got evidence that helped indict serial killer Rafael Resendiz Ramirez, who was known as the Texas Railway killer, and Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph.

One of the dogs, Quincy, has helped solve 92 homicides. According to Pikett, the bloodhound’s sense of smell is approximately 3 million times better than a person’s, but the real key to success is the relationship between the handler and the dog.


Quincy is one of the superstars on the bloodhound team.

“My wife says if the dogs thought they were working, they would quit. They just think they're playing. It’s important that they are having fun,” said Pikett.

In fact, the canines don't just work with Pikett and his wife -- they live with them.

Deputy Pikett has estimated that his pack of bloodhounds has indicted over 1,000 suspects including burglars, rapists and killers. And the deputy dogs have yet to lose a court case.

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