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 The agency's canine unit consists of six dogs.

 

Billy

"Billy" 

Tonya

"Tanja"


Two Belgian Malinois, Billy, who works in the Patrol Division as a apprehension dog and a narcotics dog. Another Malinois, Tanja, is trained to detect narcotics. The History of the Belgian Malinois dates back to 1891, with one of the first being registered, developed around the city of Malines Belgium. The first know Malinois in the US was in 1911. The Malinois is smaller and lighter than the German Shepherd, but also known to be more energetic and agile. The Malinois is of keen intelligence.

 

Jesse

"Jessie"

Jessie, a black Labrador Retriever, is also a narcotics dog. The history of the Labrador is from the island of Newfoundland. The founding breed of the Labrador is the St. Johns Water dog. It is thought that some original jobs for the Labrador was to swim ropes from fisherman's boats to docks, and well as retrieve fishing nets in the water. Dukes and Earls were thought to have developed the dogs into duck retrieval dogs.

Screamer

"Screamer" 

 Ace

"Ace"

 Sadie

"Sadie"

 


This unit also includes three American Bloodhounds. The two males are "Screamer" and "Ace." The female is "Sadie."  All were bred and trained to track humans. The dogs can pick up a scent, even when it is several hours old, and can follow a trail for hours. The history of the BloodHound dates back to the 3rd Century A.D. The name "Bloodhound" is believed to come from blooded-hound meaning "of noble blood". The origin of the Bloodhound is Belgium, later further developed in England. The Bloodhound was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885, and it is also believed that the Americans developed the breed more fully for its functions. The Bloodhound's nose openings are larger than those of most other breeds. The large, long ears serve to prevent wind from scattering nearby skin cells while the dog's nose is on the ground; the folds of wrinkled flesh under the lips and neck serve to catch stray scent particles. Humans have five million olfactory receptor cells. The Bloodhound has four Billion.