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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. 

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"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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