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Deputy David Walls and Pike are the new Carroll Sheriff's Office canine team.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — While the Carroll law enforcement officers have each other’s backs, Deputy David Walls has such a loyal partner, they’re together practically all the time.
Pike, an 18-month-old, mostly black German shepherd from Holland, recently went through two weeks of intensive training with Walls as the newest addition to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office forces.
This team joins existing canine unit Cody Edwards and Tiesto to handle drug and missing person searches. (For more on them, see this story.)
“I think being a canine handler is something I always wanted to do, even prior to being in law enforcement,” Walls said. “I’ve always loved animals.”

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Walls enjoys working with Pike, adding that it takes extra work to be partnered with the canine. “We’re always training with the dog constantly.”
Keeping up Pike’s training to search missing persons; track suspects; and find hidden marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy takes daily work.
The dog had 22 or so weeks of training on his own and they took a two-week session together at Fayetteville, N.C.
“Whenever I went through the school, most the time was bonding — it takes a while to bond with the dog,” Walls said. “It’s one of the most important things.”
Having Pike around has come in handy at some drastically different situations after only a month on the job.
Walls and Pike responded the day the school bus slipped off Sunrise Road in the Laurel section.
In order to take the children’s attention away from the bus tipping over, Walls introduced them to the canine.
“He’s a great dog,” Walls said. “As calm as he can be, his demeanor’s great, he’s laid back.”
On the enforcement side, Pike helped Walls quickly locate suspected meth and marijuana in a suspect vehicle on a subject wanted from Montgomery County.
“I actually stopped a vehicle at Gator Mountain,” the deputy and crime prevention officer recalled. “Basically, the canine was used to search c and he hit everywhere the narcotics were.”
The dog hit on a silver container on the dash and a metal and glass pipe shoved down behind the pickup’s bench seat. (See more here.)
Pike’s a lot more efficient in these searches than Walls would be, he expects.
Walls likes the idea that he and Pike could share the responsibilities with Edwards and Tiesto.
While the thought of sending Pike into a dangerous situation isn’t pleasant, it would be better than a person getting hurt, Walls said.
The deputy also believes that finding a missing Alzheimer’s patient or lost child and returning them to their families would probably be the most rewarding part of the job.
Either way, Walls now has a constant companion in law enforcement.
“You can pretty much say he’s my partner that stays with me all the time,” the deputy said.