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Texas Police Are Getting A “Porn Dog” To Help Capture Child Predators

“I think it’s a great name, it’s very catchy, I think it’s going to take,” said Jon Dumas of the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers. He’s probably right, if anyone’s immediate reaction to these K-9 detectives is any indication.

Texas is introducing its very first pornography-sniffing Labrador to its ranks this January. Brody has been trained to smell and seek out the adhesive found in devices like USB drives, computer hard drives, and SD cards where incriminating material is often stored. With his unique skills, such easily hidden objects can be found equally as easily by that super-powered nose.

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As long as a handler can train a dog to identify a particular scent and pair it with an appropriate search word, the canines can find nearly anything. Ohio’s own cyber crime-fighting dog Tilly, and her handler Gary Broger, know just how important their work is.

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Tilly (and now Brody) are only one of a few of these special search dogs in the country; while Tilly works on a variety of cases, Brody’s reputation will be built solely on his ability to rid the state of those who solicit child pornography.

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Amid the high-profile case involving Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, human investigators needed to bring one of these dogs in when they alone could not find the missing storage devices. According to chief prosecutor for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Tyler Durman, the search dog named Bear tracked them successfully.

First Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County Phil Grant told ABC 13:

“Nowadays with the way porn is used and transmitted, it’s all electronic and stored electronically. It’s not that they’re sniffing out the child porn per say, but they’re sniffing out the storage media they are using to keep these images.”

With Brody on the force in just a few weeks, it is the U.S. Police Department’s hope that he can help catch far more than the 27 individuals already incriminated by the Montgomery County child predator task force.

“It’s a team effort here […] to combat child pornography,” says Grant, “and this dog’s just going to be another member of the team—we’re excited about it.”

Note: the Labrador pictured is not Brody, who is a chocolate Lab.

H/t 13 WMAZ, YouTube/orlando

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