A roasted pig stuffed into the checked baggage of an Ecuador traveler was sniffed out by a beagle from the U.S. Customs and Border Safety’s Ok-9 unit at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Worldwide Airport on Thursday, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Pork and pork merchandise are prohibited from coming into the U.S. from different continents because of the danger of spreading illness corresponding to foot and mount illness and swine fever.
Vacationers are required to declare any meals merchandise, The Atlanta Journal Constitution added, so when Hardy the 6-year-old rescue beagle caught a whiff of the pork, he instantly alerted his handler.
Brokers seized and destroyed the pig, and Hardy acquired all of the reward.
“Our greatest protection in opposition to damaging pests and animal illnesses is to stop the entry of prohibited agriculture merchandise from coming into america,” mentioned Carey Davis, CBP Space Port Director for the Port of Atlanta, in accordance with Fox 5. “This seizure at ATL illustrates the great experience of our four-legged Ok-9 companions in defending america.”
Hardy joined the Customs and Border Safety’s Ok-9 unit on the Atlanta airport three years in the past, upon completion of his U.S. Division of Agriculture coaching, The Miami Herald reported.
The pooch is a member of the “Beagle Brigade,” which was established in 1984 by the U.S. Division of Agriculture as a part of its detector canine program, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol noted.
Beagles are splendid candidates for the job due to their eager sense of scent and likewise their non-threatening dimension and candy nature.
The U.S. Division of Agriculture screens round 300 to 500 potential recruits a 12 months however about 75 make the ultimate reduce, the Sun-Sentinel said. Solely 55 to 65 full their coaching whereas the others are adopted.