A burglar is behind bars because of one canine's sharp sense of smell. Approximately ten thousand dollars worth of possessions were stolen from a home in Worthington Springs last Sunday. The keen smell of a Bloodhound led the canine tracking team in Lake Butler to the suspect's front door.
There are 37 canine teams located at prisons throughout Florida. Their original purpose was for tracking escaped inmates, but are being used more and more by law enforcement to assist in sniffing out suspects. One Bloodhound in North Central Florida tracked a suspect 24 hrs after the break-in. An amount of time that makes tracking much harder, but that didn't stop Patriot.
Patriot is one of eleven Bloodhounds at the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler. They start training at just eight weeks old and are ready to go at the age of two. Bloodhounds do not attack their subjects, instead, they will jump and lick them, signaling they have accomplished their mission. Because of their gentle nature, Bloodhounds are also used for non-criminal cases such as missing children.
The dogs follow a trail of dead skin cells that people leave behind, a unique sense that makes dogs like Patriot irreplaceable.
Linfert Gipson was arrested and is being held at the Union County Jail. He is being charged with Armed Burglary, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Grand Theft, and Grand Theft of a Firearm.
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