- A Beagle K-9 working with US Customs and Border Protection at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport made a tasty discovery on Thursday.
- According to a CBP press release, the dog, named “Hardy”, sniffed out a whole pig’s head packed away in the checked luggage belonging to a passenger travelling from Ecuador.
- Pork and pork products are not allowed into the US, due to the risk of transmitting diseases like foot and mouth disease.
- The roast pig head was seized and destroyed. Hardy didn’t get a bite.
A beagle working at the Atlanta airport sniffed out a curious item hidden away in a passenger’s luggage last Thursday.
According to a press release from US Customs and Border Protection, a K-9 named “Hardy” found a whole cooked pig, weighing nearly two pounds, stashed in the checked bag of a passenger flying from Ecuador.
Pictures of the discovery, which we first saw in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, show Hardy looking very satisfied with himself for the find, and maybe a little hungry:
But alas, Hardy was not allowed to take a bite of the tasty treat. People entering the US are not allowed to bring pork or pork products across the border because of the fear of transmitting diseases like foot and mouth disease, so the pig head was seized and destroyed.
“Our best defence against destructive pests and animal diseases is to prevent the entry of prohibited agriculture products from entering the United States,” Carey Davis, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Atlanta, said in the press release. “This seizure at ATL illustrate the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States.”
According to the press release, Hardy started working at the busiest in the world in 2015, after completing training at the National Detectors Dog Training Center in Newnan, Georgia.
Nationwide, CBP Agricultural Specialists typically inspect 1 million people a day, and intercept 352 pests and 4,638 materials for quarantine such as plants, meat, animal byproducts and soil, according to CBP.
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