Suspected meth dealer's dog helps police track him down
KLTV, October 30, 2014
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A suspected meth dealer who fled from authorities found himself in custody because of the betrayal of man's best friend, his own dog. Authorities say Edward Melvin Henderson was at a residence on County Road 85 when the Prattville Drug Enforcement Unit arrived with a search warrant.
The man quickly bolted for the back door where, just beyond, a 25-foot ravine separated him from freedom. Henderson jumped right into it and kept running.
Officers were approaching the ravine to find the fleeing suspect when the man's dog, a mixed breed Pit Bull and Huskie, ran right up to them. Pit Bulls have gained a reputation for controversy and, in some cases, have even been shot dead by law enforcement. But when the cream colored pooch later identified as Bo approached the officers, they drew their fingers and aimed them straight at the suspect.
"Go get him," they said. On command, and without hesitation according to investigators, Bo headed down the ravine after his owner. The officers were close behind.
The officers later came out of the woods without their suspect, but Bo was all too happy to find him. Henderson, lying in tall grass, couldn't hide from his own dog and the wag of a tail that knew he'd done something good.
Officers quickly took the man into custody and charged him with failure to obey police, 2 counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, second degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As for Bo, the dog, family members have been taking care of him. Paula G. Barlow with the Prattville Police Department says the family members have assured the public, through several social media posts, that the dog is loved and will not be harmed An Autauga County Animal Control Officer also has been checking in on Bo.