A criminal’s worst enemy is a dog’s nose. That’s the case for people concealing drugs, explosives, or, as we learned recently, electronic devices that hold child pornography.
When investigators searched the home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, who yesterday pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography and crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors, they brought Bear. This Labrador Retriever is trained to sniff out hidden electronic devices, like microSD cards, jump drives, and cell phones.
According to WDTN, Bear found devices in Fogle’s home that were of interest.
“It’s just like any other K-9 training, like with the narcotics or explosives or anything,” Bear’s trainer Todd Jordan said. “You get the dog used to the odor and reward them as they indicate on it.”
Other dogs have been successful at similar cases. For instance, last year in Rhode Island a dog named Thoreau found a thumb drive with child pornography saved on it. The drive was hidden in a tin box, under four layers of cover.
And in 2006, two Labrador Retrievers named Lucky and Flo started working for the Motion Picture Association of America, finding pirated DVDs. The pair were so successful at their job that there was a bounty put on their heads by Malaysian pirates.
Click here to learn how a dog’s nose works to understand why they are so successful at detection work.
See Todd Jordan, who trained Bear, demonstrating what he can do in a video produced by Fox 59: