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Drug Dogs Put A Paws On Crime

The Jones County sheriff's office has two new officers to combat drug-related crime. Brutis is a 5-year-old German Shepherd and Cas is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois. Brutis was donated to the sheriff's office and already had some previous training. ``I had to go through a 10-week certification course for him and I to work together,'' said K-9 handler Stan Livingston.

The training facility is South Mississippi Canine in Petal, which trains dogs for agencies throughout the state. ``In a sense, they are just like having a human partner always with you,'' Livingston said. Cas is a veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Since joining the sheriff's department, he has been involved in nine felony arrests. ``Cas is a very experienced K-9 officer,'' said Macon Davis, a sheriff's patrolman and South Mississippi Drug Task Force agent. ``It was easier to get recertified with him because he was already trained in many of the procedures we used here.'' Cas is Davis' second canine partner. His previous dog, Nero, didn't work out as he had hoped. ``Sometimes the dogs just don't work out,'' Davis said. ``That is not the fault of the dog or the training or the handler. Dogs are just as different as people. There are things they do well and there are things they don't do as good.''

Sheriff Larry Dykes said there is an advantage to having two dogs at the department's disposal. ``Stan is on shift a lot and if we need him, Macon can contribute with his dog,'' Dykes said. ``This gives us more opportunities to fight drugs in Jones County.''

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