A hero Labrador arson dog has retired from the Portland Fire and Rescue after 7 years of dedicated service.
Black Labrador Lila celebrated two occasions recently – her ninth birthday and the day of her mandatory retirement.
The City of Portland, Oregon reported that Portland Fire & Rescue’s Arson Dog Lila celebrated her seven year career with a bowl of good food and a customized dog bed covered in fire bureau badges.
Lila was a part of the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosive (ATF&E) Accelerant Canine Detection Team Program (ACDT). The awesome Labrador had been a working dog since she was only 8-weeks-old. She began her career in a guide dog training program in Texas. The Lab was later moved to the ACDT Program, where she was paired with trainer and partner Lt. Fabian Jackson, an ATF&E Task Force Officer and member of Portland Fire & Rescue.
Lila lived with Lt. Jackson throughout her career. The partners worked together on numerous cases from Ferndale, Washington to Phoenix, Arizona.
The hero black Labrador’s job was to investigate everything from car fires to large commercial building fires. Arson dogs like her undergo rigorous training to sniff out dozens of different accelerants in suspected arson cases.
Arson dogs’ noses are so powerful that can sniff out small amounts of combustible substances –amounts so small even computers can’t detect them.
Lila and her fellow arson dogs live under strict routines and regimes –literally work for their own food and being fed as a reward.
The hero Labrador will now live out her golden years with Lt. Jackson where she’ll live a spoiled and awesome life now that she has retired.
Happy Tails, Lila!