Carren Corcoran is the founder and owner of Canine Search Solutions LLC. Carren has been a Madison
Police Officer since May of 1990. Her love of dogs and her fascination with the power of their noses has
been the driving force behind her work with dogs.
Carren began novice dog training in 1989 in a variety of arenas including obedience, schutzhund, guide
dog training and foster care.
Carren's third HRD dog Molly aka "Bitty" due to her "itty bitty" size was a female German Shepherd that was
discovered through Badgerland German Shepherd Rescue. Bittly received HRD certification with both
NAPWDA and NNDDA. Bitty and Carren worked on over 96 cases in the USA-Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota,
Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Michigan, Ontario Canada and
Saskatchewan Canada from 2007 to 2017. Bitty assisted in the recovery of 14 bodies, numerous
confirmations of human remains evidence at scenes, and most importantly her indications assisted in
obtaining numerous search warrants in Wisconsin and Colorado. Bitty passed over at home on January 13,
2018 at 11 1/2 years of age with Carren and Slim by her side.
Slim was imported from the Netherlands to Sanford North Carolina. Carren and Slim began their training at
Tarheel Kennels in February 2009. To learn more about Slim, visit the City of Madison Police Department’s
Special Unit section (see LINKS page).
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In February 2014, Carren took in an 8 week old German Shepherd puppy as a rescue for ARF Rescue.
Chris Boyd (Sgt of MPD K9 Unit) came along to view the 9 puppies. Chris spent some time observing the
puppies and selected Carren’s potential new working partner. The name Moxy was a much more politically
correct way to capture Moxy's “piss and vinegar” personality. Moxy has been extremely wild and willful from
day one. “She is just plain naughty,” is how Carren describes her. Moxy obtains cadaver certification with
NNDDA. To date Moxy has participated in 26 cases in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and North
Moxy is not a purebred German Shepherd and is actually 1/16th Retriever. Alas, her ears do not stand up.
Many people tell Carren, Moxy must be a LAB mix. If you know Carren you will find the humor! .
Carren’s first search dog Norse was a male German Shepherd trained to find
persons alive and deceased. Norse participated in approximately 65 searches
throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan. Norse has numerous finds and
had his detection work confirmed by the Wisconsin and Illinois State Crime Lab,
Forensic Anthropologists, and Police Evidence Technicians. Norse passed away on
May 5, 2005, at 11 years and 10 months old and his last search was in April of
2005. Norse was an ambassador to both the German Shepherd breed and HRD
dogs. He touched many people’s lives with his intelligence, affection, and incredible
work ethic. Norse taught by example the limitless ability of an excellent working dog
and what it can accomplish for a homicide investigation.
Carren’ second HRD dog Cleo, a female German Shepherd, was adopted as a 2
year old stray from Badgerland German Shepherd Rescue. Cleo was trained to
exclusively detect human remains, and had no cross training in live human scent,
as Norse did. Cleo was fine tuned to detect very small amounts of human remains
odor and residual odor of human remains. Carren envisioned a dog that could
further guide Law Enforcement during a suspicious missing person investigation.
Cleo continued to reveal how instrumental a HRD dog can be to a homicide
investigation. Cleo retired in 2008 after approximately 55 searches and included
cases in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, and Michigan. Cleo’s case work more often
included sniffing crime scenes for clues or trace evidence. Cleo’s work was
confirmed by the Wisconsin and Illinois State Crime Lab, Forensic Anthropologist,
Police Evidence Technicians, and even through suspect confessions. Cleo’s body
became old and tired while her drive to work continued until she passed away in
2008. Cleo’s memory lives on in the book Bringing Jon Home by David Francis.