Bloodhound trained in memory of Delorey
A Cape Breton man hopes a trained bloodhound will help prevent tragedies like the death of James Delorey.
Delorey is the seven-year-old, autistic boy who died of exposure in December 2009 after he wandered away from his South Bar, N.S., home and got lost in the woods.
Delorey's story moved Eddie Joe to buy a bloodhound because he felt he needed to do something.
"My grandson has autism, so the thing was I realized it could have been him and I said 'I want to have a dog, you know, in case he ever does get lost.' And it evolved into, well, I was already part of search and rescue, but I said, 'Well, seeing as how I got the dog here I might as well get it trained for search and rescue,'" explained Joe.
Joe has named the dog J.D. after James Delorey. J.D. and Joe will travel to Virginia this month for bloodhound training. The dog is already showing signs of promise.
Paul Vienneau, vice-president of Cape Breton Search and Rescue, was among those who searched for Delorey.
On Wednesday, Vienneau left a trail in a local park to see if J.D. could track him. J.D. made short work of the hunt. Veinneau said the new search partner will keep Delorey's memory alive and help the team with challenging searches.
"Depends on the situation. Every search is different whether it be a three-year-old or a 90-year-old, there is different behaviors in every group," said Vienneau. "This will help us immensely, especially with autism, the older people, younger people, some of the ones that wander away from the institutions, it will be a great resource."
J.D. will live with Joe as a family pet and only go to work when area searchers want to take advantage of her special skills.