CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - After months of training, the newest - and youngest - member of the Ashland Boyd County Catlettsburg Office of Emergency Management is on the job.
Lucy's specialty is tracking people. The 9-month-old bloodhound recently aced her certification through the West Virginia Police Canine Association.
While the dog's main duties will include locating missing people, she may be also used to track down criminals or escaped inmates.
Deputy EMA Director Harold Holley, who is certified as Lucy's handler, told The Independent that a rash of incidents involving missing people convinced the agency that it needed a tracking dog.
He said a $1,500 grant from the Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Foundation allowed him to purchase Lucy, and he trained her.
Holley says he plans to make Lucy's services available to nearby agencies.