He was born in rural Missouri, and it was immediately clear that he was different from the rest. He caught his first criminal when he was just two years old. By his sixth birthday, he had located burglars, missing children, drug dealers, rapists, and murderersincluding Utahs most wanted criminal. Known to friends as JJ, to law enforcement as Michael Serios partner, and to captured criminals as that damned dog, Jessie Jr., an exceptionally talented bloodhound, bayed like a sea lion that had swallowed a fog horn.Before JJ, few police departments in the West used bloodhounds, and none in Utah. But just when JJ was finally convincing naysayers, he and Officer Serio ran into something worse than resistance: the despair of failure amid high hope. JJ had been tracking Brian David Mitchell, the man who abducted Elizabeth Smart, when he was pulled off the track. Elizabeth later told investigators that on the day she was kidnapped she heard a dog baying in the woods behind her.In almost nine years of service, JJ helped apprehend nearly 300 criminal suspects in the Salt Lake City area. Here is his remarkable story, fleas and all. Click here to view the trailer for Bloodhound in Blue.
Bloodhound in Blue
The True Tales of Police Dog JJ and His Two-Legged Partner