Rescue dogs helping detect drugs

Rescue dogs are being put to use detecting drugs in New Zealand workplaces.

NZ Detector Dogs has been using dogs from rescue operations to sniff out drugs. The organisation says the dogs' life on the street can often make them well suited to their new role.

"Company policy is only to take dos that have come from rescue organisations and the dogs we select are the ones that people wouldn't otherwise take as pets," said dog handler Janet Williams.

"We basically take the death-row dogs that no one else wants."

Ms Williams says that the dogs already have valuable skills for working as detector dogs, including initiative and intelligence.

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