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Police dog featured on reality show apprehends Fayette Co. burglar

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A police dog helped Fayette deputies apprehend a burglar inside a Kilsythe area home Tuesday night.

Deputies were dispatched about 8 p.m. to a home on Kilsythe Road, where neighbors reported a suspicious man standing on the front porch. The caller told dispatchers the homeowner was out of town and that no one should be at the house, Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a release.

Officers were informed while en route that the man had entered the home. They discovered upon arrival he'd entered through a window.

Deputy S.K. Neal sent Zeus, a German Shepherd trained in drug detection, tracking and apprehension, into the home to apprehend the man, later identified as Kenneth Jesse James, 52, of Mount Hope.

James was arrested and charged with burglary. He remains at Southern Regional Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bond.

"Our K-9 Teams are an extremely valuable asset to our Law Enforcement community," Kessler said in the statement. "In this particular case, the K-9 Unit's apprehension dog was able to subdue and restrain the burglary suspect so that the Deputy Sheriff could safely place him in custody without further incident."

The Fayette Sheriff's Office will host the annual West Virginia Police Canine Association's training seminar this spring. This yearly event conducts the annual re-certification of K-9 units all over the state and offers training from accredited instructors.

The department's K-9 unit was featured in 2011 on "Country Justice," a reality-based program on Animal Planet.



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