Sheriff James R. Voutour announced today the passing of Sheriff's K-9 Hope. Hope, a working bloodhound, died on Wednesday. Her handler was Special Deputy Donald Burrows.
Hope served with the Niagara County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. As a puppy, the late Special Deputy Bill Tohurst helped to train her. In addition to serving the Sheriff's Office, Hope ran trails for many other law enforcement agencies. She along with Special Deputy Burrows assisted the New York State Police and FBI with the Bucky Phillips manhunt and was instrumental by providing information to the Erie County Sheriff's Office Investigators that Joan Diver was not the last person that drove her vehicle and, because of that, her vehicle was impounded and critical DNA was discovered.
Hope loved children and playing hide and seek with them. She most enjoyed demonstrations with kids and her favorite game was matching the shoe with the child that it belonged to.
Voutour stated that Hope was more than just a K-9, but a member of the sheriff's law enforcement family. She proved her value as a law enforcement officer over and over again.