MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Blood hounds are playing a key role in the hunt for two murderers escaped from a New York prison, and a lot of search dogs are trained right in Connecticut. Three are currently in training at the State Police K-9 Academy in Meriden.
Blood hounds are known for their super keen sense of smell, and they’ve been training them in Connecticut since the 1930’s. Among the latest graduates is Duke, a bloodhound on the Methuen, Mass. police force.
“We started small, short tracks, short delays, and just built up from there,” said Methuen police officer Matt Mueskes. “Different surfaces, introducing dogs to different surfaces, and then, like I said, lengthier delays. The certification is six hours with a one-mile track.”
Bloodhounds have a better sense of smell than German shepherds, but are only used for tracking. German shepherds are also used to help officers arrest suspects.