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Blacksburg Police retire K9, add another

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A K9 on the Blacksburg Police Department will retire today but the department is working to keep dogs on the force.

Just as Zombie retires, another dog, one-year-old Mika is training to become a narcotics dog. She could be certified as soon as Friday. Mika is what's called a passive alert dog, meaning she sniffs out drugs like methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. The dog is trained to stop and sit when she finds it. 


"It helps us locate the narcotics easier," explained handler and Blacksburg Police officer Jason Blackburn. "When officers walk up to a vehicle, the narcotics could be hidden, more likely they're going to be hidden. Our noses aren't as good as these dogs noses are."

The department will also add a bomb detection dog later this year. It's using grant money to pay for it. The dog has already been trained but will be assigned to a handler and officer, then begin 13 weeks of training at the State Police Training Academy next week.

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