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2 isle police departments get new scent-tracking dogs

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The Honolulu and Hawaii County police departments are each getting a new scent-tracking dog, the state attorney general’s office announced today.

HPD is getting Bella, a Bloodhound. Bella will train with Annie, HPDS’s original bloodhound who turns 10 years old this year.

Hawaii County is getting Magnum, a Labrador. The department has been without a scent-tracking dog since Tucker retired more than three years ago, Hawaii County Police Chief Harry Kubojiri said.

The dogs will help officers and other officials find lost hikers, abducted children, people suffering from dementia and other conditions, as well as track fugitives and escapees.

The dogs were donated by the Atherton Foundation and Friends of the Missing Child Center-Hawaii.

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