My San Antonio news ran a story today about dogs used at schools to sniff out illegal drugs.
The picture is of a Labrador retriever named Leonard who works with North East Independent School District K9 Patrol Officer Greg Reusink to sniff out drugs. Video by Jennifer R. Lloyd / Express News
Labrador service dogs are such dedicated, happy, hard workers. These dogs give so much!
You can read the full story here.
Here are some of the highlights:
Leonard, a 6-year-old Labrador, gets up to 10 drug or paraphernalia hits a month, mostly pot. Watch Leonard in action in the video below.
Some local school districts employ their own dogs, including North East, San Antonio, Southside. Northside recently decided to get one. Drug dogs have been used for a long time, decades. Most have contracts with law enforcement agencies or private companies. There are regular searches. Air Force dogs are used for military schools. Dogs and handlers search middle and high school campuses semi-monthly. They sniff out illegal drugs, mostly marijuana.
School district officers say deterrence as important as making arrests. The officers also educate kids on the dangers of drugs.
Watch and interview with officer Greg Reusink and Leonard giving a demonstration. Video by Jennifer R. Lloyd / Express News