Bloodhound Man-Trackers train dogs for law enforcement

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Bloodhound Man-Trackers provides law enforcement with most bloodhounds in the state.

DENVER – Free the dogs. Bloodhounds, that is.

When people go missing in Colorado or certain crimes are committed, one of the first calls from law enforcement is often to a Kiowa-based nonprofit.

Copper, Carline, Isabelle, and Hiccup are the four most prominent members of Bloodhound Man-Trackers, a nonprofit founded in 2014 by three Colorado law enforcement officers to help law enforcement around the world. the state.

Over the past eight years, the four dogs and their four handlers, none of whom are paid, have worked for about 65 different agencies on nearly 200 cases, many of them high-profile murder cases.

“There are no agencies in Colorado that have a full-time sleuthing unit to hunt down the bad guys and find the lost and missing,” said Brian Eberle, vice president of Bloodhound Man-Trackers. . “If there is a need, they will call Bloodhound Man-Trackers.”

Handlers and their dogs train every Monday for a few hours to hone and nurture the dogs’ remarkable ability to find human remains and living humans.

“They see everything you see, they smell everything 60 million times better than you do,” said Frank Hurst, president of Bloodhound Man-Trackers and former Elbert County Sheriff’s Office investigator. “I’m glad I don’t smell like them, that would be awful.”

Hurst said he and his dogs have found about 30 missing people over the years alive and well. According to Frank, this is the part of the job that makes all the hours of training and the many miles of tracking worthwhile.

“When you find that person, even if you only find one in your entire career, what an incredible feeling,” Hurst said.

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