Sheriff's Office Starting Canine Program

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is starting a police canine program with the recent acquisition of a bloodhound for search and rescue, as well as tracking operations.

The sheriff’s office is very pleased to announce that it has just obtained a bloodhound canine to be trained to serve the community with search and rescue tracking operations.

A breeder in North Carolina graciously donated a 10-week old red bloodhound to the sheriff’s office and she was picked up this past weekend. The training process for Lucy has already begun and it is expected to take approximately eight months to be fully completed.

“We have been researching the possibility of establishing a canine unit for quite some time now. In particular, we were able to identify the need for a dog that could assist us in tracking people; that being 'good guys' and 'bad guys' alike, from lost hikers out in the woods to criminals that have fled the scene on foot," said Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson. "It just sort of came together all at once and we were able to work out the details to make it happen. We have already had several local businesses and individuals to donate money, materials, and labor to help us get this program up and running effectively. We are truly grateful for the support and believe this will be a major asset to help us enhance the overall public safety here in our community.”


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