Through the efforts of Bitty, a dog owned by Police Officer Carren Corcoran, the body of a drowning victim was located in Lake Mendota. See the article in the Wisconsin State Journal.
“I think Slim’s track on the night of the homicide really illustrates just how valuable our canine partners are,” Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. “They help us track down suspects, find lost people, discover evidence and sniff out drugs.”
According to police reports, two men were walking along Bel-Aire Drive on Aug. 18, 2010 when they spotted a burglar trying to get into a neighbor’s home. The citizens confronted the crook, and recognized him as a suspect from past neighborhood burglaries. They tried to grab onto the man, but he took off running as police were called. Officers set up a perimeter, and with the help of MPD police dog Johnny, the suspect was located and taken into custody following a foot chase. He indicated he has just gotten out of jail that morning, that he was a member of a gang, but denied trying to break in.