Dogs in the News – Law Dogs USA – Olympia, Washington

by

From Near Death to Top Dog

06:06 PM PDT on Monday, October 22, 2007

By ROB PIERCY / KING 5 News

A nose for drugs

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – A Washington State Patrol drug detection dog has just received a prestigious award. Moto is a canine with a nose for drugs.

But that’s a world away from where he was found in Oregon a few years ago during an animal cruelty investigation.

“He was kept in a dog travel crate, in about 2 inches of feces and urine, and he was pretty bad off. He was almost dead,” recalled his WSP partner, Trooper Jason Knott.

Moto was rescued by a group called “Law Dogs USA” in Olympia. They take pit bulls like Moto who show promise, and train them to be drug detection dogs.

“…very gentle and docile. He loves to hunt and find the items that we’re trained to find,” said Knott.

And find them he does. Nearly 400 finds have led the State Veterinary Association to induct Moto into their Hall of Fame.

Trooper Kirk Rudeen says the award is well deserved.

“The dog, with his sense of smell which is so acute, can find numerous things in the car that we would’ve missed,” he said.
Related Content

Law Dogs USA

But it’s not just Moto’s nose that makes him special. It’s his non-stop drive.

“At the end of the night, I actually have to physically pull him out of the car because he doesn’t want to quit working. That’s all he wants to do,” said Knott.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: