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Meet SPD's newest officer: Daisy the Bloodhound

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Daisy the Bloodhound will help track missing children and adults for the Spokane Police Department (PHOTO: SPD) Daisy the Bloodhound will help track missing children and adults for the Spokane Police Department (PHOTO: SPD)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police have a brand new officer in training: Daisy the Bloodhound. 

A couple of weeks ago, Sgt. Jason (Chachi) Reynolds went to California to meet Daisy. She was being housed by a local rescue group and the two formed an instant bond. After a week of training in California, Sgt. Reynolds and Daisy came back to Spokane and will continue training until Daisy is ready for a regular beat this summer. 

However, Daisy will not be like other K9 officers. She is not trained to contact suspects in the same way the department's German Shepherds and Malinois are. Instead, Daisy will be used to help find missing children and vulnerable adults. The department says Daisy's notorious Bloodhound sense of smell will likely mean significant savings in man-hours during searches for missing people. Bloodhounds can track a scent that is several days old. 

Funds to acquire Daisy were donated by K9 Support Northwest, a local non-profit that raises money to assist K9 units in the Spokane area. 

K9 Support NW was founded in 2014 by Carla Blazek, a Spokane photographer and dog lover who has been photographing our local K9 units for two years. Their mission is to raise funds for police K9 units in Washington, Idaho and Montana that are in need of supplemental funding to purchase dogs, ballistic vests, training and equipment. They also plan to work as an educational resource for communities by helping to explain how K9s benefit both police departments and the community. K9 Support NW is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization which operates independently of any law enforcement agency. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.k9snw.org/

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