Slidell Police dogs are racking up the collars these days.
Last month, Scout, a Slidell Police dog, was able to subdue a man who had fired at least 10 shots at officers outside an Old Towne bar.
Yesterday, Scout sniffed out a man accused of stealing more $800 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart. The man — Scotty Booker — had fled earlier when pulled over by a Slidell Police officer. After jumping several fences, he eluded the human police officers, but not Scout, Slidell Police spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau said.
When the black and tan German shepherd found his quarry hiding in a trash can, Booker again tried to run, but Scout grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go until his human partners arrive and arrest Booker.
Booker was taken to a hospital for the treatment of dog bites and then to the Slidell City Jail where he was booked on theft, resisting an officer by flight and resisting an officer by violence, Seuzeneau said.
His accomplice Anquidita James, who was driving the car that was pulled over and had been with Booker at the Wal-Mart, was booked on a single count of theft of goods over $750.
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