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Bomb Dog Retiring after Nearly Nine Years
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Bomb Dog Retiring after Nearly Nine Years

From Fairfax County Police Department:

 

   Nine years is such a long career…..for a dog! After eight and a half years of service, Puget will retire from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) and spend his days relaxing at home with his handler, MPO Tom Eggers.

            As a bomb dog, Puget responded to literally hundreds of calls for suspicious packages and bomb threats. His job was to respond to schools, businesses or any public area where a general bomb threat was reported and use his extraordinary sense of smell to search for the presence of explosive materials or devices. Puget can enter a room or area and detect in seconds what would take humans hours to locate, if ever. 

            He even did a bit of work across the country, travelling to well-known sporting and political events including SuperBowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, FL, a NASCAR race in Brooklyn, MI, an All-Star baseball game in Detroit, MI, and a Republican National Convention in New York City, NY.

            While we say farewell to Puget, we say hello to his replacement, Moose. Moose is a 1-year-old yellow Labrador retriever and will receive 16 weeks of police training, then hit the street. EOD dogs are donated to the police department by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Explosives Detection K9 Program under the condition that they are available to work (upon request) national security events around the country.

            All police dogs are amazing resources for police officers and wonderful companions to their handlers. To learn more about Fairfax County police dogs, watch the latest episode of On the Beat on Cox Cable channel 16 or view on demand at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/on_the_beat.htm.   

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