|Published:||Aug 09, 2012 3:22 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 09, 2012 5:53 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Scott Hills of Lee County is offering his trained and certified bloodhound, Sacajawea, for search and rescue operations. Hills says he woke up three years ago one day, and just felt he had to give back to the community, after having a successful career in sales in this area.
"I want to save a life, and I figured, I could do so with a bloodhound," Hills told WINK News.
So he bought and trained Sacajawea, Saca for short. He estimates he has spent roughly $20,000 of his own dollars, on the dog. Saca recently completed a "trailing" test covering 1.3 miles with twists and turns, over various surfaces, such as grass, asphalt and concrete. She got accreditation from the North American Police Work Dog Association.
"Bloodhounds have the best 'scenting' noses of any dogs in the world," says Hills.
He says he is contacting local law enforcement, about using Saca in search operations. However, the Lee Sheriff's office tells WINK News, that might now work out. The office has liability concerns in using outside dogs and handlers. It prefers to use its own dogs and has access to a trained bloodhound already. The office suggests that Hills tries to work with private, non-profit search and rescue organizations.
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