A new K-9 is on the job with the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

K-9 Daisy, a 2 1/2-year-old, black Bloodhound joined the team at the beginning of the month. She went into service with Cpl. Allen Russell, a veteran K-9 handler who is just one of 22 instructors certified through the National Police Bloodhound Association, according to the sheriff's office.

Cpl. Russell travels throughout the world training search and rescue Bloodhound teams.

K-9 Tess, Cpl. Russell's former K-9 Bloodhound partner, recently retired after a long career with the sheriff's office.


The Sheriff's Office has nine K-9 teams. There's one other Bloodhound team at the sheriff's office, Deputy Michael Bennett and K-9 Roxie.

According to the sheriff's office, Bloodhounds are a popular breed among law enforcement agencies because of their easy going nature, intelligence, and especially because of their keen sense of smell, which makes them perfect for search and rescue operations.