Beaufort News

Tracking dog retires after 10-year crime-fighting career

Beaufort County sheriff's deputies bid farewell to 11-year-old hound Sam, who was retired from service last week after 10 years as a faithful member of the Tracking Team.

The Sheriff's Office received Sam, bred from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office Tracking Team bloodline, in 1999 when he was 6 weeks old, according to a news release Tuesday. He is 50 percent bloodhound, 25 percent red-bone hound and 25 percent blue-tick hound, the release said.

After two years of intensive training for locating lost and missing persons and apprehension, Sam was put into service on the Tracking Team in 2001. He responded to hundreds of calls and was responsible for dozens of arrests, the release said.

In addition to sniffing out criminals, Sam assisted investigators in locating evidence connected with crime scenes.

He was transferred to a loving family last week, the release said.

-- By Cassie Foss