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Scoring Doggie Points

Labrador retriever Nugget homes in and indicates where the drugs are hidden to Customs K-9 handler Anthony Echenique.

Sniffer dogs from the Customs and Agriculture Departments captured young hearts and minds when they participated, along with their handlers, in the Prospect Primary School Careers Fair on Friday, 20 May 2016.

Customs K-9 unit's sleek, black Labrador retriever Nugget and agile Belgian malinois Bolt demonstrated how they detect contraband, from drugs to guns, at all entry points into the Cayman Islands.

During a demonstration on the school grounds, Customs K-9 unit chief Malachi Powery, officers Anthony Echenique and Tate McFarlane put the canines to work finding drugs they had hidden. The dogs promptly demonstrated just how good their noses are to much approval from the young audience.

To the children's delight, Bolt also displayed his ability, on cue, to chase and pin down suspected criminals until other officers arrive on the scene.

Meanwhile, inside the hall, the Agriculture Department's K-9 officer Myah, a six-year-old beagle, demonstrated her skill at picking up the scent of produce such as fruits and vegetables hidden inside suitcases and other luggage.

Agriculture Inspector and K-9 handler Sharon Davis, with the aid of Laboratory Assistant Noel Smith, explained to the schools and visiting Red Bay Primary students how Myah usually "checks" baggage at the airport, and alerts if raw produce is entering the Islands.

This is to prevent live pests such as bugs and other unwanted and alien organisms from entering the country.

As an added bonus, some of the youngsters were also able to touch and pet the beagle.

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