A 4-month-old bloodhound named Beau is welcomed in as the the latest member of the Bossier Sheriff's Office.

Beau came to Plain Dealing from Angola Prison, and joins Ace, a 6-year-old bloodhound, on the canine team. Beau replaces Sadie, a 6-year-old bloodhound that died two months ago.

According to a news release, Deputy Casey Fradella, a 5-year veteran of the sheriff's office, has worked with the bloodhound unit for about a year. He traveled to Angola last week to train with and pick up Beau. He said he enjoys his job as the bloodhound handler.

"It's great...I enjoy coming to work with them every day," he said. "It's a lot of work and a lot of running, but I love it."

Bloodhounds are used for tracking human scents. They're used for everything from catching criminals to finding lost children or elderly residents who have gone missing. Deputy Fradella said he hopes he never has to use the bloodhounds for finding missing people, but he trains for it extensively.

"It's not a matter of if, but when," he said. "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."

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Beau (Photo by Deputy Josh Cagle)

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