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Wednesday, Feb 26 2014 12:04 PM

'First Look': Search and Rescue bloodhound steals the show

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    Savannah, the newest member of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team, meets viewers and listeners of "First Look with Scott Cox." Holding Savannah is Capt. Aaron Lynam, who will train her. Savannah lives with Lynam.

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    By Jason Kotowski/ The Californian

    A bloodhound named Savannah is the newest member of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue. Savannah will be trained to search for missing and injured people who need to be rescued.

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    By Jason Kotowski/ The Californian

    Kern County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Capt. Aaron Lynam shares a moment with Savannah. She will live and train with Lynam to learn how to search for missing and injured people.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Savannah is gentle and soft and her droopy bloodhound ears can make anyone say "aww." The newest puppy-agent of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team made quite an impression Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"She's wrinkly and perfect," simulcast host Scott Cox said as Savannah sniffed his hand.

Capt. Aaron Lynam is in charge of 12-week-old Savannah and will train her to be an official search and rescue dog.

Bloodhounds like Savannah are known for their extraordinary, keen sense of smell. Combined with a strong tracking instinct, they're perfect for finding missing people.

Lynam is taking care of Savannah as his own pet and said they will train for 18 months.

"She goes home with me and is my family dog but when the time comes, she is a working dog," Lynam said.

Savannah joins a veteran four-legged search and rescue team of two German Shepherds, a Labrador retriever and a McNab Border collie.

Although she is in training, Lynam said it's important to socialize Savannah with other dogs and humans.

 

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