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TSA adds 2 dozen bomb-sniffing dogs at Newark Liberty to monitor passengers for Super Bowl

NEWARK, N.J. - Newark Liberty International Airport is adding about two dozen bomb-sniffing dogs to beef up security during the Super Bowl. Transportation Security Administration agents demonstrated Saturday how the dogs can sniff out different types of explosives. Once they do, they're trained to sit rather than attack so as not to raise suspicion or create a panic. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says the dogs undergo 12 weeks of training that costs about $200,000 when food, vehicles and salaries for trainers are factored in. The canines are usually Labradors or Lab mixes.

Dog finds human remains, owner buries leg in backyard

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 93-year-old Washington state man, whose dog returned home with a human leg it had found, buried it in his back yard on an Indian reservation to avoid being suspected of a crime, a local official and media reports said. The dog found the unknown person's leg last week on the Nisqually Reservation, roughly 60 miles south of Seattle, Thurston County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tim Rudloff said late on Monday evening.

U.S. military dedicates first national monument to combat dogs

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The United States' first national monument to a soldier's best friend, recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, was dedicated by the U.S. military on Monday. Inscribed with the words "Guardians of America's Freedom," the nine-foot tall bronze statue at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, features four dogs and a handler.

U.S. military dedicates first national monument to combat dogs

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The United States' first national monument to a soldier's best friend, recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, was dedicated by the U.S. military on Monday. Inscribed with the words "Guardians of America's Freedom," the nine-foot tall bronze statue at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, features four dogs and a handler.

Officers and dogs give special show to thank people following dog's death

EDMONTON - Edmonton police dogs and their handlers have performed public demonstrations before, but one on Sunday held special meaning following the fatal stabbing of one of the force's dogs earlier this month. Many people brought their families to a public park in below-freezing temperatures to get an up-close look at the dogs and to express how much they appreciate them.

Officers call for stronger laws to protect police dogs after Edmonton K9 killed

EDMONTON - Edmonton police say there needs to be a special criminal law to protect animals that work with officers after one of their service dogs was killed by a fleeing suspect. Police say Quanto, a German shepherd with four years of decorated service and more than 100 arrests to his name, was stabbed repeatedly Monday as he and his handler, Const. Matt Williamson, tried to take down a man who had fled a car with stolen plates. Paul Joseph Vukmanich, 27, faces charges including possession of stolen property, dangerous driving, criminal flight and resisting arrest.

Iraq province to ditch fake bomb detectors

Police in Dhi Qar are to replace fake bomb detectors bought from a now jailed British businessman with sniffer dogs, the police chief of the southern Iraqi province said on Tuesday. "We decided to buy 30 police dogs to strengthen security checkpoints and detection of explosives... replacing the explosives detection devices currently in use," Staff Lieutenant General Hussein Abed Ali told reporters. The 30 dogs will join the eight currently in use in the province, Ali said.

Two highly-trained K-9 dogs tapped to keep peace and order in Nueva Ecija during May mid-term polls

Two highly-trained K-9 dogs has been tapped by the provincial police to help maintain peace and order situation in the province, especially this coming May mid-term elections.Senior Supt.

US court upholds dog-sniffing drug search

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is constitutional for police to search a car simply on the basis of an alert signal from a sniffer dog. The court took up the issue in October of last year, looking at two cases involving drug-detecting canines, both in Florida in 2006. On Tuesday it ruled on one of them. In it a dog named Aldo snapped into alert mode in front of the door of a car whose driver had been stopped by police for having an expired license plate.

UPDATE 2-Police dog 'sniff' passes U.S. Supreme Court smell test

* Dog's alert gave police probable cause to search * Unanimous decision on reliability of Aldo's nose (Recasts, adds details from opinion and case history) By Jonathan Stempel WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that "the sniff is up to snuff" in a Florida case on how police may use dogs to track down illegal drugs.
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