4-month-old joins the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 7:16 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2016 at 7:16 PM CDT
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(Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

BOSSIER PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The Bossier Sheriff's Office welcomes its newest member this week.  Beau, a 4-month-old bloodhound, made his trip from south Louisiana to Plain Dealing Thursday.

Beau will join Ace, a 6-year-old bloodhound, at the Bossier Sheriff's Office and, sadly, will replace Sadie, a 6-year-old bloodhound that died two months ago.

Beau was acquired from the Angola Prison. Beau and Ace's handler, Deputy Casey Fradella, a 5-year veteran of the Bossier Sheriff's Office and who has worked with the bloodhound unit for about a year, traveled to Angola last week to train with and pick up the new bloodhound.

When asked about his job as the bloodhound handler, Fradella said "It's great, I enjoy coming to work with them every day. It's a lot of work and a lot of running but I love it."

Bloodhounds are used by the Bossier Sheriff's Office for the purposes of tracking human scent. They can be used for the search and apprehension of suspects that are hiding from the law. They are also used to search for a lost child or the elderly that may have lost their way, something Deputy Fradella hopes he never has to use the bloodhound for but he trains for extensively.

"It's not a matter of if, but when," said Fradella.  "I'm sure after all the training I've done with the bloodhounds, to one day be able to help a family in a disastrous moment in their lives will be quite fulfilling."

In the meantime Deputy Fradella, Beau, and Ace will continue to train every day, awaiting the time they receive a call to respond and, when that call comes, they will be ready.

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