Seven new biosecurity detector dog teams
The Ministry for Primary
Industries’ seven new biosecurity detector dog teams.
The handlers graduated from their training on Friday at a
ceremony in Auckland, along with 43 other frontline
Biosecurity detector dog teams are one
of the checks that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
uses to keep New Zealand free from exotic pests and diseases
that could damage the country’s primary sector or
Detector dogs are good at picking up seeds
and plants that can be hard to detect by x-ray. They also
screen people faster than x-ray, and their visual presence
plays an important factor.
The teams are pictured outside
the International Terminal Building in Auckland.
left to right: Jacob Bates (with Ollie), Carlijn Bouwman
(with Bounty), Meike Sloan (with Eden), Stephen James (with
Vinnie), Jemma Grant (with Rogue), Tapua Hori (with Ella)
and Rochelle Harper (with Cole).
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