A motorist struck and killed an 80-year-old female pedestrian in San Jose, CA, fled
the scene and abandoned his car a few blocks away. The police had no witnesses or
leads so they decided to bring in a K-9 and the "Scent Transfer Unit".
According to dogsinthenews.com, the Scent Transfer Unit is a specially designed
vacuum cleaner-like tool that is used by the police to extract the fugitive's odor
from the car without disturbing any of the evidence. Police dog Trento is one
of the dogs used by the San Jose Police Department. The 2-year-old Bloodhound tracks suspects and finds missing persons.
The police officers allowed Trento to sniff a small patch of fabric peppered with
the suspect's scent. Within moments, Trento was locked onto the trail. He pulled
his handler for almost a mile to an apartment complex, right to the front door of
20-year-old Jesse Jimenez. Although Jimenez was not at home when the police arrived,
he realized that he had been found and turned himself in to the authorities.
Although Trento is still in training, the department feels that he did an excellent
job. According to Sergeant Chuck Wall of the San Jose Police Department, "Bloodhounds
make fine police dogs due to their excellent tracking abilities and instinctive
friendliness; making them ideal for locating missing children as well as crafty