Here Piggy, Piggy: Airport Sniffer Dog Finds Unique Contraband

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
It’s well known that dogs are quite competent sniffers and lend lots of help to law enforcement who are looking for things. One beagle in Atlanta sniffed out something no one ever expected–a two-pound pig’s head.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers must see an awful lot of stuff. Particularly at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International, as it is such a world hub.

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But we’re guessing they might have been a bit surprised (okay, a lot) when one adorable beagle most likely went nuts over something found in the luggage of a traveler from Ecuador. Hardy is a six-year-old rescue Beagle who joined the CBP in 2015. His official title is Agriculture Detector, and he was in hog heaven (see what we did there?) when he discovered a two-pound pig’s head. Fully cooked. Just ready to be eaten.

Good dog that he is, Hardy maintained professional decorum and didn’t attack the contraband pig. Pork and pork products from other countries are not allowed to be brought back into the U.S. in an effort to keep swine fever, foot and mouth disease and other animal diseases out of the country.

But that didn’t stop the passenger from trying. I guess he forgot that while an airport dog’s main function might be to sniff out illegal drugs coming into the country, I don’t know of a single dog that’s gonna ignore the scent of ham, amirite?

Check Out this Cooked Pig that @CBP K9 "Hardy" intercepted at @ATLairport Our "Beagle Brigade" is on the Front Line Keeping You Safe. read more

— CBP Southeast (@CBPSoutheast) October 15, 2018

Carey Davis is the CBP Area Port Director and said that Hardy’s work just shows the tremendous expertise and contribution from four-legged k-9 partners when it comes to protecting the United States.

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Hardy couldn’t be officially reached for comment but my guess is he’d say it also shows the incredible self-control in the training of these heroic sniffers because you know he was just dying to take a bite out of that crime!

Wonder which he goes more crazy for…drugs or roasted ham?

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