PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Meet Buster, the newest Pasco County K9 officer. Buster will be working for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
The pup is 11 weeks old. He’s the lone Bloodhound in the sheriff’s office’s K9 unit, which has 16 other dogs. Buster’s partner is Deputy Chris Miller.
“Bloodhounds have a reputation for possessing an outstanding sense of smell, which is due to an olfactory membrane with 300 million receptors. Compare that to a German Shepherd’s 225 million receptors or a human’s 5 million,” deputies said.
“The Bloodhound’s heightened ability to detect smell works in concert with their long ears and wrinkly skin, which helps sweep scent to their nose. Because of their incredible sense of smell, Bloodhounds have the ability to better track children, adults, victims and suspects due to the delay from the time they actually went missing to the time they were reported missing to law enforcement, which is often the case,” deputies added.
Buster will serve on the missing and abducted child team. He is scheduled to start K9 school training in January.