K-9 deputy tracks down car-burglary suspect on first day

- One of the newest members of the Clayton County Sheriff's Office is being praised after having a very successful first day on the job. 

Sheriff Victor Hill recently authorized the purchase and training of four new canines, and the dogs reported to work for the first time on Monday, including K-9 Deputy Coudy. 

Clayton County Police responded to a car theft around noon Monday, and upon arrival took a 14-year-old with a stolen gun into custody. The sheriff's office stopped a second suspect, Jamal Snelson, who was believed to be involved in the break-in.

Snelson took off running, but as soon as Deputy Coudy responded to the scene, he immediately picked up on the suspect's scent. The canine deputy traced Snelson to a fenced-in backyard, then began barking at a large trash can. 

Authorities said when the trash can toppled over, Snelson came rolling out and surrendered. He was taken to the Clayton County Jail. 

Snelson was also wanted out of Fulton County on drug-related and assault charges. 

"Congratulations to Deputy Steve Brown with K-9 Pipo, Deputy Michael Kearns with K-9 Tir, Deputy Tony Griffin with K-9 Coudy, and Officer Demetrius Johnson with K-9 Aries who all graduated from K-9 training and completed their K-9  certifications.," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "These Deputies and canines will make up another elite team of crime fighters who will intensify Sheriff Victor Hill’s 'war on crime crusade.'"

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