- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu Police Department is getting help to replace trained bloodhounds that find lost hikers and children.

Hawaii News Now (https://bit.ly/1rXeOwR) reports a fundraiser last week brought in $30,000.

A trained bloodhound costs about $9,000. The department didn’t have money in the budget for a dog.

The department’s long-time bloodhound, Annie, was diagnosed with cancer and forced to retire in 2011. A donated replacement, Bella, contracted an infection in April and died suddenly.

Sgt. Greg Obara says police have other dogs that help arrest suspects or detect drugs and explosives. He says bloodhounds can discriminate people’s scents for tracking.

The fundraiser took in enough money for bloodhounds for Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii police.

The dogs are trained on the mainland could be in Hawaii by early next year.

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Information from: KHNL-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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