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Here’s a nice feel good Friday kind of post for you. See the gorgeous Belgian Malinois in the picture above? That’s Kora. She was being trained for local law enforcement when her San Antonio training operation was shuttered. Dozens of dogs had to be removed from the facility, so several dogs were returned to their owners, and the remaining canines were removed by the City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services, the city’s local animal shelter.

When TSA officials were informed of the situation, they offered to help. After reviewing Kora, it was decided that she would be a good candidate to be trained in explosives detection. She had the right temperament, drive and build we were looking for. So we adopted her!

Kora and her handler will need to train hard over the next few months and be able to demonstrate proficiency in four key elements: the canine’s ability to recognize explosives odors, the handler’s ability to interpret the canine’s change of behavior, the handler’s ability to conduct logical and systematic searches and the team’s ability to locate the explosives odor source.

TSA trains and deploys both TSA-led and state and local law enforcement-led canine teams in support of day-to-day activities that protect the transportation domain and provide a visible deterrent and efficient detection capability to deter terrorism. Annually, TSA trains about 350 canine teams per year to operate in the aviation, multimodal, mass transit, and cargo environments. Once trained, these very effective, mobile teams can quickly locate and identify dangerous materials that may present a threat to transportation systems. The canines are often seen working in some of the nation’s largest airports. TSA has been training canines in explosives detection since 2001.

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