Ryce Foundation Donates Bloodhound To Hialeah PD

The latest addition to the City of Hialeah's police department doesn't carry a gun or a night stick, but if a child is reported missing he's the one you want on the case. Wednesday Don Ryce, executive director and president of the "Jimmy Ryce Foundation," presented Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and Police Chief Mark Overton with a 5-month-old bloodhound named Jimmy. The dog was named after Ryce's 9-year-old son, who was kidnapped at gunpoint after getting off a bus not far from his home. The boy was then driven to a trailer, sexually assaulted and killed. The search for Jimmy Ryce lasted nearly three months. His dismembered body was found in December near a trailer used by his killer Juan Carlos Chavez. Police say Jimmy is a "super" tracker is able to identify a human scent that is more than 100 hours old and can follow a scent trail non-stop for 100 miles. In starting the foundation after their son's death, Don and Claudine Ryce instituted the Bloodhound Project which aims to provide AKC bloodhounds to police agencies to find missing persons. According to the foundation's website, if a bloodhound had been brought in immediately it would have probably been Jimmy's best shot at getting home alive. "When Jimmy was carried away in an old pickup truck, the passenger window was rolled down, and his scent was pouring out the window. A well-trained bloodhound could have easily followed Jimmy's scent trail from his school bus top to the abandoned trailer, a little less than a mile away, where he was kept alive more than four hours as he was reported missing within an hour of his being taken." Since it's creation in 1996, the center has donated more than 300 bloodhounds to police agencies across the U.S.

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