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Bloodhounds part of law enforcement family

from Aiken Standard

Claws rattle the chain-link fences and ripple across the metal, and a chorus of deep, loud barks fills the air as Lt. Chad Hyler unlocks the kennel area at the Aiken County, S.C., Sheriff's Office. "They're excited. They think we're gonna go somewhere," he said of the dogs that are part of the Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team. The sheriff's office currently houses eight dogs, but is equipped to house up to 12, according to Hyler. All the dogs are what is known as "SLED stock" — a mixture developed by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division of full-blooded bloodhound, Redbone and Bluetick hounds. The Bloodhound Tracking Team consists of officers from the sheriff's office, the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. more

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