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What Women Want: To Give Back

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputy Melanie Russell and her K-9 Kahlua are credited with finding more than 50 missing people during their time as partners for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. 

Kahlua is set to retire next year, so a non-profit organization called 832 Deputy Dogs donated a new bloodhound to Deputy Russell and the Sheriff's Office. 

"They have done a tremendous amount for me," said Russell.  "It's practically changed my life."

832 started in 2001 after Deputy Kody Snodgrass with the Lake County Sheriff's Office was killed in a motorcycle accident.  Snodgrass was a canine handler and wanted to dedicate his life to finding the missing.  After his death, family members founded 832 Deputy Dogs to raise and train dogs for use in law enforcement.  Each bloodhound costs $10 - 15,000 to prepare. 

This month, Deputy Russell is organizing a race to give back to 832.  The Deputy Dogs Dash will be held on May 27 in Crescent Beach. 


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