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TX Officers Call Off Search For Missing Police Bloodhound

TX Officers Call Off Search For Missing Police Bloodhound

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

February 01, 2011

BAYTOWN – The search for a missing Baytown police dog has been called off after authorities said they believe the 4-year-old bloodhound was found dead after being hit by a vehicle.

Baytown Police Detective Alan Cliburn said the search for the bloodhound, whose name is Brandy, ended at about 7:30 tonight. At least four police agencies were helping to locate the dog, who escaped from her owner on Sunday.

Baytown police officials have yet to confirm if the dog is Brandy, Cliburn said. He released no other information about the report of the dog found dead, including the location.

Baytown police on Monday reported a canine handler discovered Brandy had disappeared about 4 p.m. Sunday after pushing her kennel open.

The dog has a small shaved patch on her stomach from a medical procedure and was last seen wearing a chain collar with no tags near FM 565, east of FM 3180 in the Baytown area.

Several Baytown police had volunteered in the search, Cliburn said Monday.

“The entire canine unit is out searching the area,” Cliburn said earlier. “To us, the dog is priceless. She is part of our police family and the handler’s family.”

He would not identify the name of the handler.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, which provided a helicopter, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and the Mont Belvieu Police Department also helped in the search, Cliburn said. Several civilian volunteers also showed up to help, police officials said.

Brandy has been a member of the department for about one year and has helped in locating missing people. She is part of five “dog teams” consisting of two bloodhounds, two German shepherds, a Labrador retrievers and their handlers.

Brandy recently toured 14 Baytown area schools in a program called Pennies for Justice designed to educate the public about what police officers do.


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    tigerlilly_07

    over 3 years ago

    1322 Comments

    awww, poor Brandy and poor handler. RIP Brandy

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    bobska

    over 3 years ago

    660 Comments

    Very sad story, RIP Brandy......

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    RIP BRANDY. You are family. We are told the their will be animals in Heaven. We miss you, but know you are in good Hands on your final watch.

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23284 Comments

    R.I.P. Brandy.

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    SuzanneNGa

    over 3 years ago

    16562 Comments

    Very sad. R.I.P Brandy.

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    KAICHARESE

    over 3 years ago

    2762 Comments

    how sad.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    This is just to sad.If she was hit by a car that person should of done something to save her or at least taken her in.There might of been a chance for her or if it is another dog.As a animal lover of all animals I hope whoever hit her gets caught somehow,and pays dearly for ignoring they hit the Brandy or whoever.This was a very cruel act..God Bless You Brandy.

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    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1066 Comments

    Bump rhood

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    Kinder_mapp

    over 3 years ago

    4160 Comments

    So sorry for the horrible loss. It is very heartbreaking to read this story. Prayers to the handler. I am sure he is not holding up well.

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    PETE114

    over 3 years ago

    1396 Comments

    Bloodhounds are a difficult breed to house. Our BH handler had to fortify his fence several times and install an Invisible Fence. Sorry to hear about the loss.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50288 Comments

    Bump rhood.

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    Straightshooter

    over 3 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Having been a K-9 handler for a couple of years and working with others in the K-9 unit, it's very difficult to mentally separate the K-9 from the "rest of the family". My K-9 went everywhere the family went. Losing him (old age) was just as bad as losing a family member. You are together all the time and you depend on each other continually and not only do they work cheaply but in most cases they smelled and looked better than the partners that were assigned to me. My condolences to the handler and a piece of advice...buy another pup and start training as soon as the pup is old enough. Refocus your attention to the new K-9; it sure makes it easier to live with.

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    els98

    over 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    That is aweful. All members of a department are valued and deeply missed when gone.

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10984 Comments

    Bump rhood on this one.

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7612 Comments

    Sad news, indeed!!

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