The Labrador, Saydee, recently completed her training in the detection of illegally caught fish at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police.
On Friday evening, the Labrador showed off her new skills! Her actions led to fishing violation charges against two men in Milford.
Saydee found two striped bass the men had caught that did not meet minimum length requirements.
Ronaldo Oliviera of Bridgeport was issued a misdemeanor summons, while Eber Macario, also of Bridgeport, was issued an infraction.
According to EnCon officers, the men told them they had not caught any fish, but Saydee smartly uncovered the lie. She searched the shoreline and found a black trash bag containing their catch nearby.
Two striped bass measuring only 15 and 19 inches in length were found in the bag. State regulations limit the possession of striped bass to one fish per angler at a minimum length of 28 inches to protect the resource.
Saydee is one of three specially trained dogs that can assist in the detection of fishing violations.
These dogs have been trained to detect certain species of sport fish that are commonly caught in Connecticut, such as trout and striped bass. The dogs were trained to search along shorelines, under rocks, on vessels, and other places illegally caught fish could be hidden.
Is there anything a Labrador cannot do?
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