Working Dogs

Episode 5: Cautious Closure

When people are missing, often dog teams are called in to locate them.  At times, Human Remains Detection dogs or cadaver dogs are utilized to recover the deceased body of a missing individual.  These dog teams are often used by law enforcement to successfully prosecute cases and to provide evidence that would otherwise be overlooked.  They are also used in “cold cases” to find bodies that have been missing for years and even decades.  These dog teams take a special kind of dog and an even more special type of person to be successful.  Many of these cadaver dog teams volunteer their time and resources for training and the cases they work.

 

Whether the death was due to a homicide, suicide or even a natural disaster, families of the victim are desperately searching for closure.  These dog teams perform a daunting job in some rigorous conditions and environments to provide that closure.

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Episode 3: The Fearless Ones

Africa is known to be the home to the world’s most magnificent wildlife. Endangered animals are slaughtered so that a single body part, like tusks, pelt, or bones, can be sold illegally for massive amounts of money. For example, Rhinoceros horn is so valuable and sought after that it sells for nearly $30,000 a pound. Pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the world, sell for $1000 in parts of Asia.  Deterring this illegal poaching is a massive undertaking and one group is training dog teams to combat poachers in the bush.

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Anti-Poaching Dogs in Africa

This is the story of dog teams trained to pursue those who illegally hunt some of the most iconic animals in the world.

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Jay Crafter and his teams perform some extremely treacherous work to preserve the protect some of the planets most mystical creatures.  It’s hard to imagine the extreme conditions that these teams work in. It’s also difficult to understand the danger involved in working in these remote areas of Africa.

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Africa is known to be the home to the worlds most magnificent wildlife. Endangered animals are killed so that a single body part, like tusks, pelts or bones can be sold illegally for massive amounts of money. Rhinoceros horn is so valuable that it often sells for $30,000 per pound. Deterring this illegal poaching is a massive undertaking and dog teams are just one of the ways the animals are getting help. Procuring, training and maintaining these anti poaching teams is a daunting task.

A Special Thanks to Jay Crafter of Invictus K9 for sharing his story.

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Episode 2: Catching a Flight

It’s a fairly common occurrence for a bird and a plane to collide.  Recently, a Japan airlines flight had to make an emergency landing due to a bird strike, while another commercial plane was forced to make an emergency return to Cardiff Airport in Wales after a bird hit an engine.  Although rare, dogs trained to deter these incidents can be extremely beneficial.

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