K9 OFFICER ELLIE. A GREAT LITTLE NOSE ON HER.
A couple of weeks ago I had occasion to leash up a bloodhound and give him a scent to follow. I can report that a dog’s nose is an amazing tool that Euro man has taken advantage of for thousands of years. No high tech electronic equipment can replace it.
A man accused of “luring” a female acquaintance to his place, and then torturing and assaulting her for a period of several hours, was arrested after being tracked down by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department K-9, authorities said on Monday.
Deputies from the Victor Valley station received a report of a kidnapping at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.
The victim alleged that an acquaintance “lured” her to his house, tied her up and held her captive, the release said. She told investigators that he then tortured and assaulted her for several hours.
Eventually, the suspect took the victim back to her home, and she immediately called authorities, sheriff’s officials said in the release.
After deputies arrived at her home, the woman pointed out the suspects footprint in the desert, showing them where he had fled on foot. They followed the tracks for several hundred yards before the footprints disappeared.
Sheriff’s K-9 Ellie was brought out to the scene, and was able to acquire his trail. Ellie followed it for approximately one mile to a residence in the 11800 block of Midway Road, according to the release.
My bloodhound unfortunately lost the scent after maybe a mile of tracking. I think the lost dog we were hunting had her scent mixed in with deer on the deer trails we encountered.
Following a determined tracker dog was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. I can’t imagine the satisfaction a human police officer gets from working with a great bloodhound.