K-9 Seminar

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Dozens of Bloodhounds from across the state are in Bell County working on their certifications with the Department of Corrections.
Officials with the Bell County Forestry Camp are hosting the annual K-9 Seminar.

Buster is just one of the dozens of dogs working on his certification.
He is from a correctional facility in Western Kentucky.

First, he needs to know the scent he is looking for.
Once he finds the subject... he is rewarded.
Officers say this type of training is vital to find people.

"The biggest importance is the safety of the community and the public...because we can apprehend an escapee before they get out to the public. Also we help the community when they have lost or missing people," said Bruce Mason with the Bell County Forestry Camp.

Officers say Bloodhounds are the best breed for this type of work.
They are not that aggressive and have a great sense of smell.
Officials say coming to the region helps prepare the dogs for real life situations.

Correctional officers say working with these dogs several hours every week develops a strong bond.

"They are one of you. It's not just a K-9. It's apart of your team. That's how we view it. They take care of us, and we have to take care of them," said Mike Fench, with Little Sandy Correctional Complex.

Officers say breeding and working the dogs in Eastern Kentucky prepares them to go anywhere throughout the state.

The seminar wraps up Friday.

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