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Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office gets 2 tracking dogs

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office welcomed Mack and Copper to the force. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office welcomed Mack and Copper to the force.
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has two new four-legged deputies, and one of them has already proved useful to the force.

By having your own tracking dogs, Sheriff Chuck Phillips said it would make the difference of whether you catch the suspect or not.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office welcomed Copper to the force.

The tracking bloodhound was certified last week and put to the first test Tuesday night.

Copper tracked and helped find a hunter who had fallen from a tree stand north of Skyline.

The hunter was then taken to the hospital.

Phillips said Copper was donated to the department by a company in Pelham.

Besides saving people, Copper will be able to locate suspects who bail and run - increasing the likelihood they are caught.

They usually have to call the state to bring dogs in such situations.

"We don't have to wait on the Limestone dogs.  They are usually an hour to two hours away.  If we have our own dog, we can be on scene a lot quicker and also we can assist other agencies around us," said Phillips.

He said a second dog will soon be assisting the department.

Mack is currently in training getting ready to be on the force.

Phillips said the Mack is expected to be certified later this year.

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