Shelter Dog Trained To Sniff Out Child Porn

The nose knows! There’s a new deputy in town in Manatee County, Florida, and she’s a formidable (and adorable) weapon.

Detective Zimmerman and Gia.
Detective Zimmermann and Gia.

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At just 14 months old, Gia is a sleuthing superstar. And the only equipment she needs is that killer nose of hers.  Gia is the newest (and cutest) weapon in the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arsenal against child pornography.  This K-9 deputy’s prime directive: Electronic detection. Gia can sniff out anything that can hold a memory, Detective Joni Zimmermann, Gia’s handler, told Tampa Bay’s WTSP.

Back in August, she and Lt. Richie Cunningham, trainer and head of the K-9 Unit went looking for just the right sort of puppy to train. Dogs with these skills can cost police departments as much as $20,000, but Gia was acquired free of charge from Bradenton’s Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA – giving the sweet girl a forever home and a job she loves while saving money for the taxpayers.

“She needed to be drive, needed to be friendly,” Zimmermann explains. And now, post training, “She’s like bringing a flashlight into a dark room.”

“She walks into a room and she can smell the computer like we can smell pizza,” says Cunningham. A good thing, since many offenders hide things like small thumb drives or even SD cards, often loaded with evidence, in out of the way places.

Cunningham says that child pornographers don’t stand a chance with Gia on the job.

“Hide it, it’s just a challenge now. Gia is coming in — she will find it.”

 

 

11 thoughts on “Shelter Dog Trained To Sniff Out Child Porn

  1. This sounds kinda hokey to me?? I trained with the police. I had a great drug dog and we had cadaver dogs, bomb dogs and great tracking dogs… they all work off of a particular scent…. Child porn does not have a signature scent… So how would they do this?

  2. The news article focused on child porn cases, but the dog is actually alerting on the target odor of electronic devices that hold a memory card; could be used in other cases as well.

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