Two new Broward Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds are preparing to pick up the scent of missing people in Broward County.
K-9s Ryley and Bluey (pictured left and right above) are undergoing extensive training to be able to search for the most vulnerable missing people in the county – children, the elderly, people with special needs and people living with mental illness. K-9s Ryley and Bluey are expected to join K-9 Macie and her handler (pictured center above), Deputy Kelli Covet, in the K-9 Unit later this year. Deputy Jarvey Mesina-Berman will be partnered with K-9 Ryley, and Deputy Tony Sun will be partnered with K-9 Bluey.
The bloodhounds are currently undergoing six months of training before they’ll be eligible to be certified. Once they’re certified by the National Police Bloodhound Association, they’ll be trained to be certified as therapy dogs as well.
K-9s Ryley and Bluey were donated to BSO through the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction, which is named for the boy who was murdered in Miami-Dade in 1995.The Jimmy Ryce Center works to provide bloodhounds to law enforcement agencies across the United States.