DHS’ ‘Dogged’ Determination

The US Department of Homeland Security wants to buy 3,000 dogs and train them to sniff for bombs, drugs and smuggled cash. That’s in addition to the 2,000 dogs already serving their country to great effect.

In an article on the Los Angeles Times website, Ken Dilanien of the Tribune Washington Bureau says that besides saving thousands of lives a year by tracking illegal immigrants who stray into remote areas without enough food and water, dogs also help the Federal Emergency Management Agency find survivors or remains after disasters and sniff for bombs aboard ships for the Secret Service.

Over the next five years the DHS will be soliciting bids from small breeders for male and female dogs aged 12 months to 36 months. Eligible breeds include Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, German shepherds, Dutch shepherds, Belgian Malinois and other working, herding or sporting breeds with prior approval. The dogs must be “alert, active, outgoing, confident” and “extremely tolerant of people,” according to the bid solicitation.

To read the Los Angeles Times article, click here:
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/17/nation/la-na-dhs-dogs-20100717