Hamilton County Sheriff's Dept. welcomes new K9 officer
Tynne was raised in Slovakia and she even has her own passport from the European Union.
Hamilton County Sheriff Office's newest deputy has four legs and a powerful nose. Sheriff Jim Hammond hosted a press conference Tuesday morning to introduce the department's K-9 deputy, Tynne.
Tynne is a 3-year-old Hanoverian Hound, formally trained in South Carolina with Georgia K-9.
Officials say Tynne was raised in Slovakia and she even has her own passport from the European Union.
"It's like having a partner, but instead of 2 legs, they got 4," said Deputy Chris Walker, Tynne's Handler. "She's very playful, very loving. We found out real quick that she likes shoe laces and so we've had to keep ours tucked in to keep her mind off of that."
Tynne's breed is said to have descended from the bloodlines of the "Liam Hounds", which were large hunting hounds from the medieval times in the 16th and 17th century in Germany. Deputies say Hanoverian Hounds are known to be some of the best tracking and hunting dogs in the world.
"Her nose never stops working," said Deputy Walker. "Every time we get her out of the truck and she starts sniffing on track, it's like working a math problem for her," said Walker.
Tynne's nose is one of the most sensitive noses among canines, allowing her to track persons for several miles and through water.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Department currently has 3 full-time K-9 Deputies assigned to drug detection and apprehension, but deputies say Tynne will be the county's only solely trained tracking dog. While all K-9 dogs are trained in the art of tracking, Tynne's training was dedicated solely to tracking.
Deputies say they will work with Tynne each week, in exercises similar to hide in seek. They hope she will be the key to fighting crime and finding missing loved ones, when every second matters.
"If the conditions are right and she can track, just know that she is more than willing to bring people home," said Deputy Walker.
Tynne's cost and training is estimated to be more than $10,650 dollars. Sheriff Hammond says the money for the new K-9 officer was donated by the AEGIS Law Enforcement Foundation, a private foundation.
Hammond says Tynne's tracking abilities are a vital asset to all law enforcement agencies in and around the Tennessee Valley. Tynne will primarily work in Hamilton County, but she will also travel anywhere her skills are needed most.