Spaniels Are Doing The Sniffing
In our latest Pet Hero story, we highlight the work of dogs trained to detect spiked cigarettes. And, in the U.K., many of these wonderful dogs are Spaniels.
The supply and demand for cheap, illicit and extremely harmful tobacco products has reached a new high across the pond. However, despite the challenges that law enforcement faces to apprehend the culprits, their job is now a whole lot easier. And these sweet-natured canine heroes have made this possible.
Spaniels, both purebred and crossbred, are being used to detect spiked cigarettes and loose tobacco. In addition, they sniff out legitimate merchandise that is smuggled into the country.
These sniffer dogs are sometimes equipped with bodycams that document their work. As a result, the footage can be released for public viewing to heighten awareness of the health dangers from smoking tainted tobacco.
Targeting Central London
In recent months, police conducted a raid at a hair salon in the heart of London’s West End. The dogs discovered nearly 30,000 fake cigarettes hidden in suitcases inside Lego toys and laptop cases.
Scamp And Phoebe
I read recently about another seizure in the East Midlands county of Northamptonshire that had taken place a few years back. To my delight, the article mentioned the two dog heroes. Their names are Scamp, a Springer Spaniel, and Phoebe, a Sprocker Spaniel, which is a cross between a Springer and a Cocker!
Dangers And Loopholes
Products such as these are not only cheaper than genuine ones and can reach more consumers, especially juveniles, they are dangerously toxic. Analyses show that they often contain elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals, such as nicotine, tar, lead, cadmium and arsenic. Even more shocking, lab technicians have also found stuff as gross as rat droppings and camel excrement.
And, let’s not forget that these dogs and their handlers also help out in another way. After all, they prevent the loss of government revenue in the form of duty and sales tax when non-counterfeit products are smuggled in.
When detector dogs sniff out spiked cigarettes they are saving lives.This is yet another example of what happens when humans and animals work as a team. Truly great things happen.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!