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COUNTY ANIMAL DIVISION TO DONATE BSO'S NEWEST BOMB-DETECTION DOG

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2002 / 11:30 AM

BROWARD COUNTY ANIMAL CARE & REGULATION DIVISION

1870 SW 39th Street, Fort Lauderdale

(sw corner of Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l. Airport)

A 2-year old stray will soon help protect the traveling public, thanks to the generosity of the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division.

Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne will welcome the dog as the newest member of BSO’s bomb detection unit when he accepts delivery Thursday.

The 2-year-old female is a shepherd mix, and was picked up as a stray on December 22nd. Thanks to the Animal Care and Regulation Division, the dog has been given a medical check-up, has been spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated. After the still unnamed pooch and its handler go through bomb detection training, they will be assigned to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, to reinforce BSO’s beefed up anti-terrorism patrols.

BSO has been on high alert at the airport since it re-opened following the September 11th terrorist attacks. The FAA’s new security requirements require bomb detection canines on patrol 24 hours a day throughout the airport. Once trained, this dog will help BSO continue to meet the new standards.

Media Note: Directions—State Road 84 east to SW 4th Avenue. Turn right. Take it to Perimeter Rd. and turn right. Follow the signs, all the way around to the runway, and look for the white building with a blue roof.

This report by: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations

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