PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA)-- The Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department now has two legendary trackers.
A local businessman donated Bloodhounds named Anne and Dixie about a year ago.
During a demonstration Friday afternoon, a county trusty was given the task of pretending to escape while roaming through a nearby thick of woods. Moments later, he emerged from the woods and into an open field to test Ann's ability to scent and track.The trusty ended up at his pick-up truck.
"They are about a year-and-a-half-old. We've been working them ever since they were puppies. And, they've turned out to be real good tracking dogs," said Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask.
It was Ann's turn to track down the trusty, and she led her handler along the way. A few minutes later, Ann was on the trusty's trail, and she made sure she didn't miss anything along the way.
"Right now, they have good noses and they are really good dogs. They can track and they are not vicious. They won't try to bite," explained Mask. "If they are tracking a kid, they won't bite."
Sheriff Mask says the Bloodhounds need to be about two-and-a-half-years-old before they are turned loose.
But, Mask said the doogs will called into action the next time there is a need.
Right now, handlers will continue to train the dogs and get them more familiar with tracking one particular scent at a time.