Coos County K9 Odin makes first capture since recovering from bacterial infection

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CHARLESTON, Ore. -- Coos County K9 Officer Odin made his first capture since recovering from an infection in 2017, Coos County Sheriff's office reported.

Thursday afternoon, deputies were dispatched to Shell Lane in Charleston for a reported assault.

Once deputies arrived, they saw a man and woman on Libby Lane near Wallace Road. Once the man saw the deputies, he began running from them.

Deputies observed the man, later identified as Jeff Cunningham, 40, of Coos Bay, run towards the end of Capitol Drive.

Deputies contacted the woman, who advised deputies who the man was; deputies then learned Cunningham had an active warrant for his arrest for Parole Violation.

K9 Odin was dispatched to track him and police say Odin "made quick work of the track."

Deputies and K9 Odin tracked down the brush at the end of Capitol Drive west towards the end of Jerome RD where Odin located Cunningham hiding in the brush.

Odin bit Cunningham on the ankle/leg as he was hiding in the brush and not showing himself to deputies.

It was Odin's 58th capture in his 2 ½ year career and first since his four-month diagnosis and recovery from a bacterial infection.

Deputies placed Cunningham under arrest for the warrant and medical personnel evaluated his injury prior to being transported to the Coos County Jail.

Cunningham was booked and held with no bail.

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office is expanding the K9 Program and adding a second patrol K9. If anyone is interested in financially assisting the sheriff’s office in adding another patrol K9, you can donate at the sheriff’s office to the Coos County K9 program or contact Deputy Jon Boswell at 541-396-7841 or .

If a citizen wishes to donate, make checks payable to the Coos County Sheriff’s Office K9 Program so it's directed to that program.

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