THE family of Peggy Mangan have called on Justice Minister Alan Shatter to "immediately arm" the gardai with bloodhounds in the search for missing persons.
Her family claims she would still be alive if the specially trained animals was used shortly after she went missing.
Describing the widespread search that was mounted throughout Dublin, her daughter Louise explained that although there are tracker dogs in Ireland for the purposes of missing persons, the animals gardai used in the hunt for her mother were "general purpose dogs".
"It's simply not good enough, and it's crazy to think that in the capital there isn't even one bloodhound dog that can be used," she said.
She also said the family have decided to set up a foundation in Peggy's name to help fund the purchase of a trained bloodhound in the Dublin region.
Peggy was found five days after she went missing near Ikea in Ballymun with her dog Casper by her side.
A garda spokesman said: "Every missing person incident is fully investigated and depending on the type of case and on an assessments of the risk, different garda resources will be applied.
"Gardai have access to general search dogs attached to the garda dog unit and where it is considered useful they are deployed to assist the investigation."