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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The newest member of the Utah County Sheriff's Office team has big, floppy ears, four paws and an intense curiosity.
The county has a new 8-week-old bloodhound puppy, which will be used to help track people when it grows up and goes through some training.
The county estimates it will be about 12 to 18 months before the unnamed puppy can officially start using its keen sense of smell for tracking.
The county has eight dogs already. Five are normal patrol dogs, one is with a special unit, and two are bomb-sniffing dogs.
The puppy was donated by Child Protection Education of America, a national private foundation addressing missing and exploited children.
Information from: The Daily Herald
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