Gun-Sniffing Dogs Will Patrol Tampa Bay Schools

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa Bay-area school district has employed gun-sniffing dogs to alert authorities to firearms in lockers or classrooms.

Beginning next week, the Labrador retrievers Macy and Roo will start making the rounds at Pinellas County Schools. The dogs can sniff-out shell casings and guns, even ones that haven't been fired in years. They also can tell the difference between real firearms and toys or BB guns.

The dogs will survey each school at least twice during the academic year in addition to responding to rumors and threats. They also will be used at events such as high school football games.

Superintendent Michael Grego says the dogs are a "really proactive and visual way to show that there's no reason why there should be one gun on campus."

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