ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– An Estill County man says he is creating a search and rescue team in his late dog’s honor.
Earlier this year, David Conrad’s trained bloodhound, Hunter, got loose and was shot near his Estill County home.
“When you lose a dog like that… you’ll never have another one like him,” said Conrad.
It’s been difficult for Conrad, but it has also pushed him to take action.
“This team is in his honor. This is why it’s pushing me so hard on this. I want this team to be great,” said Conrad.
Conrad has founded Hunter Hounds Search And Recovery, a team of dogs trained to track people and find the missing. He said he’s already worked searches with his five dogs.
“If you had the time you could search every single day. I mean, we have a lot of cold cases out here, missing people that still haven’t been found,” said Conrad.
Vice President of the team, Chris Coffey, said there is a need for these dogs in Kentucky, and that they’re willing to travel to assist with searches in other states too.
The team plans to fundraise to make sure they can help as many people as possible. They’re getting another puppy next month and they want the community to name it.
You can learn more here.