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Sheriff's bloodhound retires, served 10 years

July 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A special honor was held Tuesday for one of Orange County's finest.The board of supervisors celebrated the service of a retiring bloodhound named Taffy.

The 11-year-old pooch has served as a member of the Sheriff's K-9 unit for the past decade.

She's helped solve murders and rapes, but what her handler will remember most are the times Taffy found lost children.

"When you look into the mother's face after you return a lost child, that is all the reward I ever need as a reserve deputy," said Reserved Lt. Doug Williams. "It's been very good working with Taffy throughout the years."

Taffy will be replaced by another bloodhound named Reece. And like Taffy, Reece will first have to go through about a year of training before joining the K-9 unit.