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STATE POLICE CANINES

 

BLOODHOUNDS

The New York State Police obtained and have utilized “Bloodhounds” for the purpose of trailing the scent of human beings since 1934.

Troop “A” acquired three bloodhounds named “Olga”, “Bess” and “Molly” in 1937. Trooper Albert Perry volunteered as trainer and handler. Perry handled the dogs for several years, however no information regarding them could be found from WW II until 1964. Bloodhounds had been continually assigned at Hawthorne & Malone. Trooper William Horton and the “K” Troop dogs responded to any requests from Troop “A”.

In 1963, a kennel was established at Troop “D” Oneida to serve Central & Western N.Y.

In 1964, a kennel was re-established at Troop “A” Batavia. The Batavia dogs were successfully used in eight criminal and seven lost person searches that year. Trooper David Schwartz was the assigned handler. 

The bloodhound is lamblike in its gentleness although he does look sad eyed and ferocious. They are taught not to bay when following a scent, because it could frighten a small child or give a trailed criminal notice of the approach. While tracking, the dogs are held by a leash and seldom are more than two used on the same case. They follow body scent and if conditions allow, can follow a trail four or five days old. There is no smoking when on a trail, because a few whiffs would dull the dog’s senses. The scent of a human is stronger than any animal with no two people having the exact same scent. Human scent does not come from a person’s shoes, but actually rises from the top of your body and falls to the ground. A bloodhound could be 20 to 30 feet off of the actual trail due to blowing wind.