Four legged Union County deputy provides volunteer spirit in searches

She's an official deputy with a badge to prove it.
Josey the blood hound from Union County works all over East Tennessee.

Missy Carter, Josey's Volunteer K9 handler says, "She's had several really good finds. She looks for missing people, she looks for lost people and she looks for people who don't want to be found (criminals.)

We did a scenario where I sat on a park bench - then vanished.
Marvin Carter, Volunteer K9 Handler says, "We will extract the scent with our kit and probably send the first dog off the bench and see if they can find you."

It took only a few minutes for Josey to find me on the other side of the parking lot.

"To them it's a game, to the people you are helping it's life and death," says Marvin.

And there are many obstacles she has to work through.

Marvin says, "If someone sat on the bench after you have a contaminated scent and they are likely to follow freshest trail in most cases."

Missy adds, "And the vehicles are going to blow that scent. Just because a person went that way, doesn't mean their scent is that way."

Wind blows the scent around.

And get this, dog slobber is a good thing.

"It's a god given gift to help trap scent. The slobber helps them trap so they almost taste it."

Whatever it takes, right?

Josey is affiliated with a group called Tennessee Area Search & Rescue.

The searches are all in volunteer spirit, as they do not charge families to find missing or lost people..
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