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Dogs Sniffing Out Invasive Pests for Department of Agriculture

Sierra locates snail
Posted at 3:35 PM, Aug 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-06 11:46:56-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Five Labrador Retrievers are working to keep invasive species out of Florida, one paw at a time.

Audi, Bear, Kojak, Sierra, Verde and their handlers work for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to locate invasive pests and diseases.

The five dogs do a variety of tasks for the department, from detecting giant African land snails to patrolling parcel facilities looking for unauthorized plant material and invasive pests and disease.

The Department says each of the dogs is integral to the process of finding and containing threats to the state's agriculture industry.

You can see two of the dogs, Sierra and Bear, in action by clicking here.