Stanford Police lose long-time tracking bloodhound

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STANFORD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Meshak, a veteran police dog, has passed away unexpectedly.

The Stanford Police Department announced the loss of the five-year veteran of its force.

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Officer Chase Marcum and Meshak have been partners for five years. Meshak was red and black bloodhound brought to Kentucky from Louisiana and was assigned to Marcum as a tracking dog.

Marcum found Meshak dead at their home.

Meshak started his career as a full-time working k9 at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and later lived the semi retired life and was used as needed when he became a member of the Stanford Police Department.

“Meshak was loved by everyone that knew him, as he was a gentle giant who never met a stranger and shared his iconic bloodhound slobber with anyway willing to pet and play,” the department said in announcing his loss.

Meshak was obtained through a grant through the Allie Foundation which  donates bloodhounds to law enforcement agencies to aid in the finding of missing and lost people.