Local State Troopers receive new bloodhound for searches

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — For the first time in 21 years, New York State Police Troop A, who cover many portions of western New York, have a bloodhound.

Law enforcement officers’ need for bloodhounds increased after the escape of convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015.

The dogs search for people, bodies and animals.

The canine pictured is 11-month-old Paris, one of four new animals in the NYS Troopers Agency.

She was named after Trooper Ricky Parisian, who lost his life while off duty in 1994. Parisian was trying to stop an armed robbery in an Oneonta grocery store at the time of his death.

Paris will be handled by Trooper Frank Velletta.

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