Wednesday, March 9, 2016

State Police add new bloodhound to the K-9 Unit in Allegany, Cattaraugus, WNY

Major Steven Nigrelli, Troop “A” Commander announces the newest member to the New York State Police K9 Unit.
Paris, an 11 month old bloodhound and her handler, Trooper Frank Velletta.
Tpr. Velletta is a 12 year veteran of the State Police. Paris is loving and gentle bloodhound that enjoys being outside and is ready to start her career.  Paris being a bloodhound is separate from a German Shepard because she is a single purpose dog which tracks humans with a better sense of smell then all other dogs. Troop "A" has not had a bloodhound in more than twenty years.
Paris is named in honor of Trooper Ricky J. Parisian who lost his life off duty on May 20, 1994 while trying to stop an armed robbery in an Oneonta grocery store.  Paris will be used to track suspects, lost/missing persons.  She and Trooper Velletta are assigned out of Troop “A” Headquarters in Batavia, which covers Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua Counties.  Tpr. Velletta and Paris are also trained to be mobile throughout the state by helicopter and hoist into remote locations.