5-month-old puppy is latest edition to Sheriff’s office

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – There’s a new bloodhound in town.

The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit has received its first new bloodhound puppy in more than eight years, officials announced this week.

West is a 5-month-old pure bred bloodhound obtained for free from the ALIE Foundation in Colorado. The dog will join Ollie who has been with the unit for five years and will replace bloodhound Audrey, who has served the K-9 Unit for more than seven years after being with the Vineland Police Department.

“K-9 Officer Russ Norcross located the ALIE Foundation after extensive research and approached them about the possibility of supplying a bloodhound to our Sheriff’s Office.  Undersheriff Robert Nolan followed through with the ALIE Foundation and bloodhound West was flown in from Colorado to the Philadelphia Airport and is now a member of the K-9 Unit. West is currently preparing for the rigorous training of the K-9 Academy,” Sheriff Gary Schaffer said in a press release.

The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office will run a bloodhound academy in cooperation with the Cape May County Police Academy in mid-February. The academy will be working in cooperation with the National Police Bloodhound Association and the graduating officers and their partners will receive national certification from the NPBA.

“There was quite a bit of planning that has gone into this bloodhound academy and I am excited about taking law enforcement bloodhound training to a new level in this state. I am very proud of our K-9 Unit and what has been accomplished in the last few years,” said Schaffer.

Donations may be made to the ALIE Foundation in the name of the Cape May County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit at: ALIE Foundation, 5800 Tower Road, Denver, Colo. 80249.

For additional information, contact Schaffer at 465-6430 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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