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Apr 23, 2013 7:40 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Acadiana Bomb-Sniffing Dogs In High Demand


Bomb-sniffing dogs are in high demand for one Acadiana company, since last week's Boston bombings.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are reaching out to a Vermilion Parish company for its dogs. That company, U.S. K9 Unlimited, now has a waiting list of 21 dogs, and counting.

One dog, two-year-old Emma, has spent weeks at the Nunez facility, training hard to detect explosives.

"She just likes that chase, she loves to play fetch, but then she's also, you saw she's all business once she gets to her work side of her," dog trainer Danika Queen said.

Emma is one of roughly 35 dogs at the center, and they're all training to become bomb-sniffing dogs.

"We go to Europe and we may test hundreds of dogs to come out with a couple of prospects that have the characteristics needed to be trained for an explosive dog," U.S. K9 owner Roger Abshire said.

Dogs like Emma are usually trained for eight to 12 weeks, and her trainers say she's just about ready for a handler. In addition to this training course, Emma is also trained on cars, buses, and lockers.

"Since the Boston incident we've been getting calls through out the United States in regards to procuring explosive detection dogs. So we've been very busy," Roger Abshire said.

So that dogs like Emma can make a difference for as many agencies as possible.

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