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York County sheriff’s deputies training 7 bloodhound pups

Seven bloodhound puppies have begun their training at the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Seven bloodhound puppies have begun their training at the York County Sheriff’s Office. Courtesy of the York County Sheriff’s Office

It’s going to be a little harder to hide in York County. The sheriff’s office introduced seven new bloodhound puppies this week in a video featuring all their running, sniffing, slobbering glory.

The puppies were born just before Christmas to Belle, another bloodhound used by the sheriff’s office, spokesman Trent Faris said.

Starting last week, the dogs began their tracking training.

“They put them out each day for about an hour and a half,” Faris said. “Right now, it’s like a game, because they’re running together as a pack and competing together.”

As they get older, they’ll begin to stop chasing people and start sniffing for them, he said. In about a year, they should be ready for duty, if they pass all the appropriate tests.

The plan is to keep all seven dogs in York County, but 11 agencies already have inquired about obtaining the dogs once they’re trained. The sheriff’s office is known nationwide for its bloodhounds and training program.

Bloodhounds are the “best tracking dogs in the world,” Faris said.

“They’re genetically gifted sniffers,” he said. “Bloodhounds are able to determine the difference between a person’s smell so they know who they’re looking for.”

But for now, the seven puppies don’t know how talented they are. They’re just running through the woods, looking awfully cute.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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