Everyone knows of the heroic bomb sniffing dogs or the drug sniffing dogs that have permeated airports and global shipping ports around the world. However, it seems that law enforcement teams are working out a way to have a 'sniffing' dog for almost every sort of crime. Recently, the Rhode Island State Police welcomed a golden Labrador named Thoreau onto their team that can sniff out particular pieces of technology.
Thoreau has been trained specially over a 22 week period to sniff out not drugs or bombs, but memory devices. He is specifically trained to find hard drives, USB flash drives and many other data storage devices and in return for doing so gets a tasty treat. Thoreau is pretty awesome at it too. These devices are made of certain solvents and polycarbonates that only a dog's keen nose can sort out. So if it has a memory card, Thoreau can find it.
But why memory cards?
It is not uncommon for people that traffic all manner of illegal data, including child pornography, to use these sort of memory devices to buy, sell and trade their wares amongst one another. Thoreau is now tasked with the monumental task of hunting them all down. He will also come in handy during pedophile busts in which their houses often hold hidden memory devices that, in many cases, often go undiscovered.
Thoreau is not the first dog to be trained in this unique way. The MPAA sponsored the training of two dogs, Lucky and Flo, who are credited with being able to sniff out counterfeit DVD's and CD's earlier this year. These cases are just the first in many states that are pushing the limits to see just what a dog can discover with their powerful noses. Now it is only a manner of time to see what these specially trained dogs can sniff out next.