Meet Cabazon's New Bloodhound Puppy 'Windy' [Photos, Video]

Windy is currently in training with the sheriff's department and she'll soon be helping throughout Riverside County.

Windy and Deputy Robert Ochoa practice tracking.  Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Windy and Deputy Robert Ochoa practice tracking. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
The Pass community has a new resident; one of the four-legged variety.  And though she's just 13-weeks-old, she's already a star.

Windy the bloodhound made her official debut this week, as the Riverside County Sheriff's Department showed her off at a media event on Wednesday.

Along with her handler, Deputy Robert Ochoa, she trains every day for her career with the law enforcement agency.  

They'll train for approximately one year before she is ready to go out in the field without other bloodhounds.  For now, though, she works with the department's other four tracking canines: 

  • Inga, a 7-year-old Bloodhound
  • Mandy, a 6-year-old Bloodhound
  • Marley, a 6-year-old German Shepherd
  • Windy, an 11-week-old Bloodhound
The sheriff's department says they hand-picked Windy— whose name was chosen to pay homage to the Cabazon area— and Deputy Ochoa had a huge part in her selection, since he will be the only one partnered with the dog.  

"Unlike their patrol canine counterparts, tracking Bloodhounds are not easily interchangeable and remain with the same canine handler throughout their working career," Captain Geoff Raya said in a sheriff's announcement.  "In order to capitalize on the long-standing working relationship, the handler and Bloodhound are matched while the Bloodhound is a puppy, and spend every working moment together."

Windy and her fellow tracking canines are available 24/7 for emergencies and provide support for cases like missing at risk elders, and abducted and runaway juveniles. 

"Windy, along with her supporting equipment and training, was acquired through a generous private donation to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department canine program," Raya said.

Sherry June 01, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Nice story! And I didn't realize they had this program. I hope it works for the many Alzheimers persons I have read about who go missing, and run aways. Good luck with a great program.
Charlotte June 04, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Please ! Feed this puppy I see ribs. LOL Cute as can be. Mans best friend. Hope the program helps all in need.


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