Two Local Puppies Being Trained to Fight African Ivory Trade? ?(US)



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Two local puppies, fathered by a Greene County Sheriff’s Office K-9, are getting ready to help fight the ivory trade in Africa.

The one-year-old dogs went to Montana over the weekend where they will undergo training for eight weeks before going overseas.

Once they have completed their training with the American Society of Canine Trainers, the dogs will travel to Zambia.

In Zambia, the dogs will work with the organization Working Dogs for Conservation to help search for ivory traders and poachers as well as firearms.

For animals like these, it takes a lot of work to sniff out crime.

Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Betty Long said, “For each individual specialty, as far as narcotics work, we have to be able to pass vehicle searches as well as building searches. With tracking, we have to be able to pass a certification track which is three-quarters of a mile long.”

The puppies’ sire, Maverick, is a five-and-a-half-year-old Dutch Sheppard who has been trained to track narcotics. The sheriff’s office describes Maverick’s crime fighting career as illustrious.