Police dog sniffs out memory stick with child porn

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, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

A dog trained to sniff out electronic circuitry found a memory stick containing images of child sex abuse hidden in a box in a metal cabinet.

The dog Thoreau received 22 weeks of training with the Connecticut police during which he learned to find gadgets and food before being assigned to Rhode Island police.

The only other technology sniffer dog remains in Connecticut, but British experts have questioned the food-based rewards system used in training the dogs.

Sniffer Dogs UK & International’s Maggie Gwynne tells the BBC, “Offering a sniffer dog food in exchange for a ‘find’ opens the way for an abuse of the system - if its hungry enough it will take food from anybody, not just its handler an therefore defeats the object of the search.

It would be interesting to research their success rate, however. I don’t believe this is a field that any U.K. police dog would be trained in, and personally I have never heard of such a thing.”

It is unclear if the specialist dogs can distinguish between a memory stick and other electronics commonly found in a house.

Thoreau’s handler Detective Adam Houston says, “If it has a memory card, he’ll sniff it out.”

 


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