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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii: There’s a new Magnum on Hawaii Island, but this P.I. does his work with his nose.
The Friends of the Missing Child Center of Hawai’i has donated this scent-discriminating tracking dog – a male Labrador named Magnum – to the Hawaii County Police Department.
The dog will be a valuable tool in finding missing persons.
The Hawaii county Council approved the donated canine – valued at $4,500 – at its meeting in Kona on Friday.
In a recent media release, Chief Kubojiri said the Police Department anxiously awaits Magnum’s arrival. “While, thankfully, it’s rare that a child goes missing in our community, we must remain prepared for such a tragic event,” he said. “Since Tucker’s retirement more than three years ago, we have been without such an asset in West Hawai’i.”
Magnum was purchased by the Friends of the Missing Child Center through a grant from the Atherton Foundation.
Police say that during his training in North Carolina, Magnum was already credited with finding a missing person.