State Police Bloodhound Finds Missing Senior Citizen

An 89-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s who had wandered from her home was found safe thanks to the efforts of a K-9 with the Connecticut State Police.

The woman was last seen at her home around 5 p.m. on May 1, a Facebook post by the state police reported. After efforts by the police and local fire department turned up nothing, K-9 Texas, a young Bloodhound, and handler Kerry Halligan responded to the scene. It took Texas only 40 minutes to find the missing woman, who was a quarter-mile from her home and showing signs of hypothermia. She was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“State Police Bloodhounds are used to pick up where patrol dogs leave off,” the state police wrote. “They can follow older tracks with a higher percentage of success and are able to start a trail in a contaminated area due to their superior olfactory system and inherent tracking ability.”

The State Police Canine Unit includes German Shepherds, who work in patrol; Bloodhounds, who do tracking; and Labrador Retrievers, who are trained in narcotic and explosive detection.

“The State Police relies on this essential unit to serve the people of Connecticut,” the post says. “Canine teams are viable partners in law enforcement.”

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