St. Louis-area police force adds electronic-sniffing dog

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) _ A St. Louis-area county’s police force now has a four-legged weapon in its fight against child pornography.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1WaWukW ) reports that a specially trained yellow Labrador named Bonnie made her debut Thursday with her detective handler at the St. Charles County Police Department.

The dog can detect the chemical odor that easily concealed electronic storage devices such as thumb drives or SD cards emit, something no machine or human being has been able to detect yet. It is then up to humans to decide whether the devices contain contraband.

Bonnie is among graduates of the newly-formed Electronic Storage Detection Dog training program at the Connecticut State Police.