Posted: Jan 5, 2011 5:42 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office has its first explosives dog. The 80-pound Belgian Malinois (MAL-uh-nwah)
is trained to detect 10 odors related to explosives.
His handler - Deputy Lance LeBlanc - tells The Courier he's longed to work with police dogs since he was a boy. He helped train explosive-detecting dogs in Iraq with the Army from November 2005 to November 2006.
Lt. Lance Simoneaux says the Sheriff's Office has eight other dogs, used mostly in drug and other patrols. He says one is trained
to find bodies.
Those dogs are trained to scratch when they sniff a target scent. But Simoneaux says that Ciro is trained to sit down, because
scratching might trigger an explosive.