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Dog Catches Public Enemy No. 1

Dog Catches Public Enemy No. 1

Posted - Nov. 11, 2004 at 9:12 p.m.



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Alex Cabrero ReportingOne of Utah's most wanted criminals is behind bars tonight, thanks to some hard police work. And most of the work was done by JJ, a Salt Lake police dog who just keeps on catching the bad guys.

The first time you hear a bloodhound bey, you're scared to death, but bloodhounds, especially JJ, are very friendly and gentle. Unless, of course, you're one of the bad guys.

You'd be baying too if you just caught one of Utah's most wanted criminals. Salt Lake police officer Mike Serio and JJ have been together for about four years. Catching crooks, well they've done it before.

Mike Serio: “He’s definitely made me look good. I used to dream about the first time I’d find a guy, but I never dreamed I’d catch over 100 guys.”

That's right -- 100 bad guys off the streets, and counting. Wednesday night, public enemy number one, Troy Mayne, was found hiding behind an air conditioning unit. JjJ smelled him right away.

Mike Serio: “When he’s baying he’s letting me know that, ‘Dad, I’m right on the scent, and I think we’re going to find him.”

JJ was the first bloodhound to be used as a police dog in the Salt Lake valley. His immediate success made him popular.

Mike Serio: “Everybody knows who JJ is. They don’t know me, but they know who he is.”

And because of his good work, other departments, like South Jordan, are getting bloodhounds and finding out like German Shepherds, they're pretty good at tracking suspects.

Sgt. Allen Crist: “I really wish all departments would add a bloodhound to their team. It’s a tool like anything else, but it’s a really valuable tool.”

And worth every penny, especially when Utah's Most Wanted list keeps getting smaller.

Mike Serio: “We went to 7-11 and I got him a big beef jerky stick. He enjoyed that.”

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