DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) – After years of catching bad guys and finding missing children, Lacy the bloodhound is now in retirement.
The K9 from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office spent four years on the force, traveling across the country and serving the community right here in Central Ohio.
At 9-years-old, with hip problems and a heart murmur, it was time for lacy to retire. But, her career with handler Deputy Scott Gaines was one with many highlights.
Deputy Gaines said Lacy was donated to the Sheriff’s Office by the Kody Snodgrass Memorial Foundation out of Homosassa, Florida.
“All of our cases were usually bad cases, but it’s rewarding,” he said. “We put closure to a lot of families that may not have had that closure.”
With her superior sniffing skills, Lacy has helped find missing or abduction children and adults, across the nation. Deputy Gaines said as a bloodhound, she’s built to track and trail.
“The long ears, when their noses are on the ground it’s sweeping back and forth bringing the odor up off the ground to the jowls,” he said.
Together, they’ve worked with the FBI and BCI. In 2016, they helped find the body of University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin.
“Lacy actually marked the suspect, which is at the end of her trail when she finds locates the person, she jumps up on him,” said Deputy Gaines.
Lacy helped catch Jougin’s killer, James Worley.
“They think he’s kind of like a serial killer,” said Deputy Gaines. “There was nothing more sweet than catching the bad guy that did it.”
Locally, they’ve assisted on countless investigations, finding evidence and people.
Lacy’s job now is to be a loving, family pet, while Deputy Gaines is training to be a school resource officer. He served 17 years as a K9 officer.
“My whole career as a K9 handler is to bring kids home, no matter the circumstances, how the case ended,” said Deputy gaines. “It just seemed fitting to jump into finding them at the end and maybe preventing it from the beginning.”
Lacy will spend the rest of her life at home with Deputy Gaines and his family.