Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Adds Bloodhound To Force


The newest detective with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office stands out from the rest.

She's only been on the job a few weeks, and she's already helping to solve cases.
She may not look intimidating, but criminals should be scared, because the detective is on a good track.

Emmy, the bloodhound, was only on the job a week when she was called out to a Delaware County neighborhood to help find the man who was breaking into cars.

Her handler, Delaware County Deputy Scott Gaines, said her nose knew right where to go.

“We deployed in the general area where we found some missing items, and she tracked to each and every person we took paperwork from that day and she went into the suspect’s garage,” said Gaines.

Gaines said bloodhounds are able to follow one specific odor.

He said just like DNA is unique to each person, human body odor is the same.

Gaines said Emmy is one of the only bloodhounds utilized by a law enforcement agency in central Ohio.
Delaware County's Sheriff says the benefits of a bloodhound are clear.  

“We think it is another great tool to support and help the community,” said Sheriff Russ Martin.
While Emmy may be new to the force, Gaines says he's been working with bloodhounds for years and has plenty of success stories.

He recalled a story of locating a man who had wandered away from his home.

Gaines and his bloodhound partner found the man lying naked in a frozen creek.

Gaines said the man survived because he was found.

According to the deputy, saving lives and bringing kids home is what working with a bloodhound is all about, and he calls finding suspects the icing on the cake.

Gaines says his dog has trained extensively with the FBI and 832 K-9’s Deputy Dogs, the organization that donated the dog to the sheriff’s office.

The Kody Snodgrass Memorial Foundation, Inc. d/b/a 832 K-9’s Deputy Dogs has been providing bloodhounds to law enforcement agencies around the world since 2001.

The organization operates on donations.

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