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Florida Shelter Dog Trained to Sniff Out Child Porn

April 22, 2016  | 

Shelter dog GIA is now an electronics finding K-9 for the Manatee County (FL) Sheriff's Office. (Photo: Bishop Animal Shelter)
Shelter dog GIA is now an electronics finding K-9 for the Manatee County (FL) Sheriff's Office. (Photo: Bishop Animal Shelter)

A former shelter dog is now fighting crime and stopping child predators in Manatee County, FL. Sheriff’s deputies added a shelter dog named Gia to their K-9 unit.

She’s trained to find hidden computer hard drives, flash drives and SD cards that may contain child porn. Pedophiles often stash away these incriminating devices, and Gia’s one of a handful of dogs in the entire world that’s trained to find them, WFLA TV reports.

“She’s like using a flashlight in a dark room. Because you just want that extra tool to kind of help you,” Detective Joni Zimmermann said.

Manatee County deputies say Gia’s background makes her one of a kind. Last summer, detectives decided to adopt their new deputy to save money and help the local pet population. Officials felt confident they could train her.

Gia was a stray when she was dropped off at the Bishop Animal Shelter.


Comments (5)

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OK then @ 4/23/2016 6:08 AM

I wouldn't have thought that computer storage devices gave off a unique enough odor for a dog to isolate.

EODK9Trainer @ 4/23/2016 7:05 AM

Your title is just a tad misleading. The dogs are not locating child porn although some of the items they find may contain porn.

kevcopAz @ 4/23/2016 10:37 AM

wow, didn't think a dog could smell an object as described above. This headline is misleading the dog is trained on finding hidden flash drives etc not just those with porn on them, let alone child prone. Please make your headlines a bit more accurate.

percy's Momma @ 4/24/2016 6:52 PM

Run that dog through Percy's room in his parent's basement. I bet the dog's nose would be bleeding by the time it was done.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/27/2016 1:14 AM

This is new. I am quite sure sniffing out computer components will prove to be very helpful in drug operations too since that is the way to follow the money. Wonders never cease.

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