News Story


Sheriff's Office Welcoms New Dogs for their R.U.F.F. Road
8/24/2017 4:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Sheriff's Office Welcomes New Dogs For Their R.U.F.F. Road Training Program



Detention Services Division -Todd Road Jail Facility

600 South Todd Road, Santa Paula


Date & Time:

August 24, 2017



Inmates at the Ventura County Sheriff's Office Detention Services Division Todd Road Jail Facility began the second dog-training program on August 23, 2017.  For this round of training, VIP Dog Teams joined the program.  VIP Dog Teams is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to provide dog-assisted therapy to facilities and individuals in our community.


The dogs were hand-selected from the Ventura County Animal Shelter and will complete 22 weeks of Goal Oriented Therapy (GOT) training.  The dogs' names 'Chenko' and 'Whitney' are in memoriam of fallen deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko and Senior Deputy Lisa Whitney, respectively.  Chenko is a handsome poodle mix and Whitney is a beautiful poodle/terrier mix.  Both dogs received a warm welcome from family members of the fallen deputies.  Chenko was welcomed by Deputy Kostiuchenko's wife, Maura and her niece Mackenzie; and Whitney was welcomed by Senior Deputy Whitney's late husband Oxnard's Chief of Police Scott Whitney and mother Jan Bryant.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office, VIP Dog Teams, and Ventura County Animal Services are honored to have these dogs named after our fallen officers out in the community to serve those in need of dog-assisted therapy.


For more information on VIP Dog Teams, please email


Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Shawn Pewsey


News Release Date:

August 23, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Shawn Pewsey (805) 933-6690