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VIDEO: Watch a Connecticut State Police Bloodhound Track

The Connecticut State Police use bloodhounds for one purpose and one purpose only - tracking.

When a Windsor woman in Granby recently, the Connecticut State Police turned to an expert to locate her — Thor, one of a handful of specially trained bloodhounds that state police deploy exclusively for tracking purpose. 

The dog was handled by Trooper Joe Morelli, who said Thor was able to locate the missing woman, Joy Dilibero, in less than an hour late at night in treacherous conditions because of his superior tracking abilities and olfactory system. 

"He ended up trailing (her scent) up into the state forest there. There was a lot of mountain laurel, ledges, steep drop offs," Morelli said. "We trailed approximately a mile from where she was last seen and we ended up locating her." 

Morelli gave Patch a demonstration of Thor's impressive tracking prowess recently, which we captured on video.

Elizabeth Edgecomb January 18, 2013 at 08:55 PM
We have two bloodhounds and they are definitly a breed of their own. Thor looks just like our male Duke. They certainly are the best trackers, and to us personally, the best dogs. Thanks for the video and your service to the public.

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