Douglas County Sheriff's Office welcomes new K-9

There's a new member of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. 

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On Monday, the sheriff's office announced a puppy bloodhound named Cooper would be joining the team.

Cooper was donated at just 13 weeks old by two local breeders, Cody Sparks and Rebecca Myers. He'll be trained in tracking children and Alzheimer's/dementia patients in an effort to assist with locating missing persons. 

According to the sheriff's office, there have been nearly 500 missing/runaway cases since Sheriff Tim Pounds took office in January 2017. Out of those, about 37 were disabled children and adults.