Bomb Sniffing Dogs?

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

Bomb threats have been keeping some Valley police busy. But one thing is missing: local bomb sniffing dogs. Which they say is beyond what they can afford.

"Having a bomb sniffing dog is on my wish list but it's way down the list," said Sheriff Don Farley. It's down on the list due to other immediate needs, like more jailers, and limited money. Many say it's still a need, since it takes hours to bring them in from the state police.

"For two to four hours we are tying up our resources not only within our own agency but if it's a company or something like that the down time like that and how it's gonna not only affect their business but potentially the economy," said Lt. Kurt Boshart Public Info. Officer of the Harrisonburg Police.

As of now, the Harrisonburg city council has funded a trainer and car for the animal, but now they need the K-9 to fill it. Boshart says there's a myth the dogs only sniff for bombs; he says they actually can find guns and other explosives.

But that's not it. "As with our drug dogs we have four drug dogs that are crossed trained in patrol work," said Boshart. For now the departments have to make due.

"Anytime you have to wait hours for a remedy to a situation, of course, your hairs are standing up on the back of your neck the whole time, but you do what you can with what you have," said Farley. Several businesses have contributed to the effort. If you are interested in helping you can call the Harrisonburg Police Department.

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