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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-The St. Louis Cardinals have two new, fuzzy but highly trained employees. Two highly trained Labradors, Shug and Upshaw, are learning how to protect the crowd without most people noticing them. The dogs are trained in the latest vapor-wake detection, detecting the scent trail an explosive leaves in the air.

Starting Friday, the team will have the Labradors on duty at all home games.

According to our partner at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the cost for the two dogs was nearly $100,000; The Cardinals purchased the two Labs and covered the cost of training them and their handlers. The team then donated one dog to the city police department and one to the county police department. The Cardinals have contracted with both dogs for all 81 home games and other events at Busch Stadium.

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