News Story


R.U.F.F. Program Graduation
2/14/2018 6:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

R.U.F.F. Road Program Graduation and Adoption of the Dogs



Detention Services Division -Todd Road Jail Facility

600 South Todd Road, Santa Paula


Date & Time:

February 14, 2018


Inmates with the R.U.F.F. Road (Rehabilitation Utilizing Furry Friends) dog program at the Todd Road Jail Facility celebrated their completion of a 22-week program of Goal Oriented Therapy (GOT) dog training. 

This training was joined by VIP Dog Teams, a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to provide dog-assisted therapy to facilities and individuals in our community.  The program commenced on August 23, 2017 and was completed with a graduation ceremony and celebration of adoption on February 9, 2018. 

The dogs were hand-selected from the Ventura County Animal Shelter.  In naming the dogs, we felt we could honor deputies who gave their lives serving the residents of Ventura County.  The dogs included, 'Chenko,' a poodle mix named after Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko; 'Dianne,' a Maltese poodle mix, named after Senior Deputy Lisa Dianne Whitney; and 'Petey,' also a Maltese poodle mix, named after Deputy Peter Aguirre.  'Chenko' was adopted by Deputy Kostiuchenko's wife, who will be dedicating herself to using 'Chenko' to do therapy work.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office, VIP Dog Teams, and Ventura County Animal Services were honored to have the dogs named after our fallen deputies.  These dogs will continue service to the community for those in need of dog-assisted therapy.


We would like to congratulate the inmates and everyone involved in making this program a success!  Farewell 'Chenko,' 'Dianne,' and 'Petey.'  Enjoy your new families.  We thank you for your service!


Prepared by:

Deputy Marciano Sabio


News Release Date:

February 14, 2018


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Shawn Pewsey (805) 933-6690



Approved by:

Captain Randy Downard