Vote to name Seminole County sheriff's K-9 puppy

Bloodhound's visit to PAL camp marks start of 'Name Our Puppy' contest

SANFORD, Fla. - The votes have been narrowed down and now the Seminole County Sheriff's Office needs your help to name its new bloodhound puppy

The Sheriff's Office, with the help of campgoers, have narrowed down the 78 names submitted to "Amber", "Ellie" or "Rosie" in SCSO's "Name Our Puppy" contest. 

The campers selected Amber because of her color and she will be used during Amber Alerts; Ellie, because it sounds like the letters "LE," which is short for law enforcement; and Rosie, because she'll have the nickname "Nosey Rosie."

The public can vote for which name they prefer on SCSO's Facebook page Monday through Friday. The name with the most "likes" on Facebook on Friday will be the winning name. It will be announced July 13 at 10:30 a.m. at a PAL camp ceremony.

The bloodhound puppy is 12 weeks old and was donated by The Jimmy Ryce Center. Once she completes her 18-24 month training program, she will replace SCSO's 5-year-old bloodhound, Billee, who will retire and live at home with his handler.  Like Billee, the new bloodhound will be used to track scent trails of missing children, seniors with Alzheimer's, and criminal suspects, deputies said.

The three children who submit the selected names will each receive a trophy, passes to Sea World, and a one-week scholarship to PAL camp. The winning child will also receive an annual family pass to the Central Florida Zoo, a pizza party, and visit to their school from the puppy.

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