Barboursville Bloodhounds


In August 2009, the Barboursville Police Department initiated a Canine Unit to assist our Police Department, as well as surrounding agencies within our community, with Search and Rescue. Since the implementation our canine "Gus", he has proven to to be a successful and valuable tool for law enforcement. The Barboursville Police Department adopted a Bloodhound named Gus from Dr. Mary Beth Cline of Riverside Bloodhound Rescue in Elizabeth, PA. Gus was personally selected and trained by expert Bloodhound trainer Larry Allen of Belington, WV. Mr. Allen has been training and handling Bloodhounds for over 30 years, is a member of the Barbour County Tactical Search & Recovery Team and the Director of Emergency Management for Barbour County, WV. In 2004, Mr. Allen was featured on a PBS TV Special entitled "Underdogs", in which he rescued and trained a female Bloodhound named Holly, who became a famous super-sleuth for the Massachusetts State Police.


In late September 2009, Gus completed his initial training and was turned over to Officer Tim Corbett, who was selected and trained by the Barboursville Police Department to be the Canine handler.Gus is a 100 pound, energetic and friendly Bloodhound who is specialized in tracking and trailing humans for the purpose of search and rescue. Gus loves to find people. He trains continuously with Officer Corbett, and is a member of the Trailing Group of the WV Police Canine Association, which meets once a month in various areas of West Virginia to train.


In 2009 & 2010 Gus and Officer Tim Corbett Certified on the WV Police Canine Association’s Tracking Standards, and in 2011 Gus and Officer Corbett certified on the newly developed WV Police Canine Association Standards for Trailing, which meet or exceed all National and surrounding State’s Trailing standards. Gus has run over 100 successful training tracks and several successful mission tracks.


In addition to Gus’s Official Police duties, he is a celebrity within the community making appearances at local schools and organizations as part of the Barboursville Police Department’s Safety and Drug Awareness Presentations. Gus has visited the Nichols, Barboursville, Milton, Cox Landing, and Salt Rock Elementary Schools, taken part in Safety Days at Kohls Department Store, Lowes Home Center, and the Milton Corn Maze, and done a demonstration at The Barboursville Lion’s Club. Gus also leads the annual Barboursville Fall Fest Parade.


The cost of feeding, boarding, training, and equipment for Gus is substantial, and he could use the help and support of his community. A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization named Barboursville Bloodhounds has been created for non-taxable donations to help support Gus. Any and all donations are tax deductible and would be greatly appreciated. We would like to ask that anyone interested in helping support Gus, please make your check payable to Barboursville Bloodhounds and mail to...


Barboursville Bloodhounds

Attn: Tim Corbett

815 Main Street

Barboursville, WV 25504


If you have any questions about our canine program, Barboursville Bloodhounds Non-Profit Organization, or to request a visit or demonstration with Gus, feel free to contact us at (304) 736-5203


Tim Corbett & K-9 "Gus"


West Virginia Police Canine Association

National Police Bloodhound Association

Barbour County Tactical Search & Recovery Team

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children



Scents and Sensibilities

Trailing an unseen suspect by smell takes a lot of practice

March 20, 2011

By Taylor Kuykendall

Register-Herald Reporter


BECKLEY — Tracing the steps of a sometimes days-old trail requires repeat training, even for some of the most keen-nosed animals.


That is why local officers and their bloodhound partners gather often to hone their tracking skills. Officers and their dogs from Raleigh County, Fayette County, Barboursville, Beckley and the U.S. Forest Service gathered recently at Lake Stephens to run a few simulated trails.


John Bird of the U.S. Forest Service led his dog Jessup through one of the trails. Jessup followed a trail left the day before and even tracked the route where the “runner” had backtracked his steps.


Raleigh County Sheriff’s Cpl. W.R. Killen said training has to be repeated to ensure dogs are prepared for any scenario that may come up.


“They have to stay on top of what they are doing, and this is part of it,” he said. Click here to read the rest of the story.




Faces of the Tri-State: Barboursville officer partners with bloodhound for tracking

April 20, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

Curtis Johnson

The Herald-Dispatch


BARBOURSVILLE -- Tim Corbett and Gus are joined by the badge.


It's the story of a partnership between a 31-year-old patrolman and his 2-year-old bloodhound. It's fulfilling Corbett's dream and giving Gus a second lease on life.


Their paths joined at the Barboursville Police Department, in part thanks to a public-broadcasting television special and the efforts of an animal rescue organization in western Pennsylvania.


Their partnership became a reality in October 2009. They've been almost inseparable ever since.


"He works the same schedule I do," Corbett said. "When I go to work, he goes to work. When I'm sleeping, he's sleeping. When I'm training, he's training."


Corbett, a 10-year police veteran with time employed at Marshall University and now at Barboursville, had dreamed of becoming a K-9 officer. Then a television special in March 2009 introduced him to a retired sheriff's deputy in Barbour County, W.Va., who trained a rescue dog for the Massachusetts State Police.


Corbett saw the need for a bloodhound, approached his police chief and contacted the retired sheriff's deputy to start the process. They then contacted Riverside Bloodhound Rescue of Pittsburgh, where they found Gus, a 16-month-old bloodhound was turned over to the rescue agency by a couple who found their home too small for a bloodhound and a newborn child.


Together, Corbett and Gus hunt for people. The bloodhound is trained solely for tracking. That makes him an invaluable partner when a criminal runs away, a patient leaves a hospital or a child goes missing. Click here to read the rest of the story.



W.Va. bloodhounds come together to train

May 18, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

The Herald-Dispatch


BARBOURSVILLE -- Ten of West Virginia's finest four-legged law enforcement units traveled from throughout the state to Barboursville Park on Tuesday to participate in a high-stakes training scenario.


The West Virginia Police Canine Association hosts monthly training sessions for the 10 Bloodhound K9 units in the state. Each unit takes turn hosting training each month, and Barboursville Police Officer Tim Corbett said the training is vital to the function of the force.


"It's like a musician or an athlete. If you let your skills lax, you're not going to be on your best game when the time comes for you to deliver," Corbett said. "Bloodhounds are the only canine recognized by the Supreme Court as an expert witness for human trailing. It takes a lot of training and a strict regimen to meet that standard." Click here to read the rest of the story.

Taylor Kuykendall / The Register-Herald

Jessup, one of the bloodhounds training during an exercise, identifies Justin Johnson of the Raleigh County Sheriff Department after trailing him through the woods at Lake Stephens recently.

Mark Webb / The Herald-Dispatch

Officer Tim Corbett and his bloodhound Gus pose for a photo Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Barboursville.

Toril Lavender / The Herald-Dispatch

Don Kelley of West Virginia Division of Forestry and his dog Sadie participate in the bloodhound training at the Barboursville Park Tuesday, May 17, 2011.


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