A very proud dog and CBP Agriculture Detector K-9 Hardy, a member of the ‘Beagle Brigade’, has been praised after alerting agents to the baggage of someone travelling from Ecuador.
Hardy, a six-year-old rescue Beagle, joined CBP in 2015 after completing training with the US Department of Agriculture at their National Detectors Dog Training Center in Newnan, GA.
While looking through the traveller’s baggage, the unit discovered a roasted pig head, which weighed nearly two pounds and went on to be seized and destroyed.
Naturally, Hardy was very pleased with himself, and posed for a picture with his discovery.
Pork products from other continents are prohibited from entry into the US to prevent potential introduction of foreign animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease, Classical Swine Fever and Swine Vesicular Disease.
When entering the US, every type of fruit, vegetable or food product must be declared to a CBP agriculture specialist or CBP officer and must be presented for inspection, regardless of where it came from.
Carey Davis, CBP Port Director for the Port of Atlanta, said: ‘Our best defense against destructive pests and animal diseases is to prevent the entry of prohibited agriculture products from entering the United State
‘This seizure at ATL illustrate the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States.’