The York County Sheriff’s Office recently extended a helping paw – several of them, actually – to a sheriff’s office in North Carolina.
York County donated two bloodhounds to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in southeast North Carolina. Star and Missy are 2 1/2 years old and are products of the York sheriff’s office K-9 training program, for which the agency is known nationwide, spokesman Trent Faris said.
“They’re dogs that have been trained by us and we donate them to other law enforcement agencies that are in need of bloodhounds,” he said. “We have seven puppies that are currently being trained that are bred by our other bloodhounds.”
The Brunswick sheriff’s office for several years had two bloodhounds named Bonnie and Clyde, said Deputy Chris Powell, Clyde’s handler.
“We tragically lost Clyde last year in July,” said Powell, a K-9 handler of six years.
“He had his own goofy little ways,” Powell said. “I knew him, he knew me. It leaves a big void when you lose something like that. They’ve left that footprint on your life.”
The donation from the York sheriff’s office is helping to fill that void. Faris said York County was happy to help when contacted by Brunswick County.
“We had some that are trained, some that are in training and some that were just born,” he said of York County’s bloodhounds.
The sheriff’s office holds a bloodhound training seminar each winter, which Powell said he has attended for three years. He called York County’s bloodhound program a model for other agencies in the country.
“The way they do things, the prestige they have about them – that’s what I’m hoping to get one day,” he said. “When you think of bloodhounds in the area, you think of York County as No. 1 in the country.”
Star and Missy have great, loving personalities, Powell said, and are doing well after three weeks on the job.
“They’re happy when they see you and they’re ready to go to work any time you’re ready to go to work,” he said. “We look forward to serving the citizens of Brunswick County with them.”
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