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      Woman donates bloodhound to Florence County Sheriff's Office

      Denise Hughes of Coward has donated an 8-week-old bloodhound named Ellie Mae to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

      Hughes traveled to Tennessee to get the dog, but felt there was something greater for the animal.

      She noticed Ellie Mae seemed to have a great sense of smell and tracking, so she called the the Florence County Sheriff's Office to offer her to them.

      "It was like it was meant to be. God put this plan together. There is a plan for her(Ellie Mae). I believe that she will save lives and find a missing person. She's destined for great things," said Hughes.

      Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone says the dog will be the department's 13th K-9 officer. He adds they will start some training Ellie Mae now, but more extensively when she turns 12 weeks old.