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Rizzo pads resumé with training

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Louisa County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Rizzo and Lt. Patrick Sheridan find Officer Lindsay Mahon of the Albemarle County Police Department.

There was howling, sniffing, and loads of trailing this week as Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, a leading agency in the use of bloodhounds, held its third Bloodhound seminar co-sponsored by Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association.

From March 3 through March 6, 12 canine teams participated and were led by Instructors Lt. Patrick Sheridan of LCSO, Lt. Stuart “Buck” Garner of LCSO, Lt. Dan Singer of Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office and retired Deputy Terry Davis from Loudon Sheriff’s Office.

Canine teams were from agencies including the LCSO, Richmond City Police Department, Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office, Albermarle County Police Department, Haymarket Police Department, Duck Police Department from North Carolina, Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue out of Pennsylvania and other officers from West Virginia.

The seminar agenda consisted of setting up training situations and scenarios in which the dogs worked in both urban and rural areas. The dogs’ ages ranged from nine weeks to nine years.

The hounds worked one day in rural settings such as cut over woods, farm areas, hay and cattle fields and on trails that had aged anywhere from 23 to 72 hours.

On another day, the units split into two different groups and Sheridan led a team in Gordonsville, while Garner worked his team in Louisa and Mineral.

To read the entire story, see the March 7 edition of The Central Virginian.