Dogs, trainers practice search & rescue skills

By WLOX Staff

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Gulf Coast Search & Rescue Team spent Saturday morning training their dogs to help find missing persons. About nine members of the team and seven dogs participated in the training event.

The dogs are specially trained to follow a person's trail by picking up their scent. The team is often called upon by area law enforcement in cases that involve missing persons. It could be anything from a child lost in the woods, to a criminal trying to elude capture.

"Today we've got victims out in the woods and we've got dog teams and back ups that are going in and looking for these victims," said Carlos Redmon with Gulf Coast Search & Rescue. "When they find them, when the dog finds them, they come back to the handler. The handler then gives them a command for them to show and they take the handler back to the victim."

The Gulf Coast Search & Rescue group has a major fund raising event coming up next month. The 7th annual Swamp Pop Music Festival and Car Show will be held October 2nd and 3rd at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.

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