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 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
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 fined 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.
Carren’s current partner is Molly a female German Shepherd born in July 2006. Molly was given up to an
informal rescue at approximately 8 months old. The kind soul who took Molly in immediately observed that
Molly was a very busy dog who needed a job. Badgerland German Shepherd again directed Carren to
Molly who has proven to be a delight to work. Molly affectionately called Bitty due to her ‘itty bitty’ size
began HRD training immediately and currently obtains national cadaver certification through NNDDA or
NAPWDA. Bitty has participated in approximately 45 searches to date in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota,
Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ontario Canada. She has had several confirmed finds and her work has been
confirmed by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab and crime scene technicians. Molly’s indications have assisted
in obtaining 4 search warrants in Wisconsin.
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).
Phone: (608) 692-5001
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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 was imprinted on cadaver odor in
July and has advanced quickly. Moxy fits in with Slim and Bitty at the Corcoran household. As life can have
a sense of humor, 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! K9 Moxy received her NNDDA cadaver certification in October of 2015.