BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The newest member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is a 13-week-old bloodhound puppy that will be sued to track missing children or adults. The dog will also be used to find suspects.
When a child disappears, it can mean the different between life and death, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says having a bloodhound on their team will allow them to search faster and more effectively.
The puppy’s name is Naiyah, and she’s already started training. The sheriff’s office says bloodhounds have the unique ability to zero in on a single scene and track one person, even if they are in a crowd of people.
Naiyah was donated to the sheriff’s office by the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction. The organization is named after a courageous 9-year-old in Florida who was kidnapped, raped and then killed while trying to escape. Ryce died in 1995. The man convicted of kidnapping and killing him was put to death in Florida in February of 2014.
According to the sheriff’s office, the bloodhound puppy is expected to be working in the field with the sheriff’s patrol division in about six months.
The foundation that donated the dog has a wealthy of safety information for children and steps adults can take to help solve missing persons cases. That information can be found here.
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