It saddens me to inform you that William (Bill) Tolhurst passed away with cancer on Monday February 7, 2005 at his home in Lockport, N.Y.
Bill was a unselfish man who did what he did not for himself, but for the good of others. Bill will be missed by so many of us, but the efforts and contributions he has made in the fields of law-enforcement and search and rescue will live on for ever.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations in Bill Tolhurst's name:
American Cancer society
Niagara Hospice Inc. - 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, N.Y. 14094
Or you may make a donation to any search and rescue unit in need of your donation.
Preparing Scent Discriminating Dogs For The Future
Trailing Bloodhounds & Labs
Article Search Dogs
Cadaver Dogs (Shallow Graves, Underwater, Under Ice)
Crime Scene Dogs
Specializing in research to advance these dogs in law enforcement and search and rescue
including: Scent evidence collection procedures, handling and long term preservation.
The Man Behind It All
William (Bill) Tolhurst
, is one of the longest active working dog handlers in the Country. He is a man who learned from
some of the giants in the bloodhound field, Dr. Leon Whitney, D.V.M. and William (Sy) Horton,
N.Y.S.P., a couple of the greatest bloodhound people who ever lived. Lawman and Animal lover,
Bill Tolhurst is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on mantrailing
bloodhounds. his life of public service has included many search and rescue operations, both
human and animal.
His interest in bloodhounds and their abilities has led him to do important
and much needed research. His inventions to collect and preserve scent, his various training
devices and techniques that he developed are in use by police agencies all over the world. Being a
speaker and instructor has earned him numerous awards of recognition and appreciation from
agencies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Awards have even been named after him and his
Three times Past President of the National Police Bloodhound Association, 1972-1975
Training Officer for N.P.B.A. for 14 years
Author of the first N.P.B.A. Training Manual, 1977
Two time winner of the Joe B. Marcum Award, 1966 & 1978
Man Hunters, Trail dogs of the Big-T, 1984
The Police TextBook for Dog Handlers, 1991
The Silent Witness sent, 2000
Host of Video tapes,
The Forgotten Evidence 1989
Cadaver Recovery for Law Enforcement 1990
President of North American Search Dog Network, 1991Inventor of the STU-100 (Scent Transfer Unit)
Founder and Chief of the Niagara County Sheriffs Department's Special Forces Unit.
One of Bill's proudest possessions is a letter of his acceptance to the
Vidocq Society, he is one of only eighty two "full"
members world wide.
and recognized as one of the world's foremost authority on Mantrailing Bloodhounds.
He still trains Bloodhounds, Labradors and other breeds for specialty scent work
in Law Enforcement and conducts research for the advancement of scent dogs.
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