Rhode Island has become the second state in the nation to have a police dog trained to sniff out hard drives, thumb drives and other technological gadgets. Why? Police are looking for storage devices that could contain child pornography. The dog, Thoreau, already appears to be up for the task as he assisted in his first search warrant search in June 2014 and found a USB thumb drive containing child pornography hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet. Police will be able to use the storage drive finding dog on tough child porn cases where the criminals are trading images face to face instead of online.
Connecticut State Police say they began the program that trained Thoreau a few years ago in an effort to aid their increasingly busy Computer Crimes Investigative Unit. Thoreau reportedly attended 22 weeks of training in Connecticut to learn to detect computer devices. It appears that the highly trained pooch can sniff out the scent of metal and components commonly used in storage devices.
Move aside arson dogs, bomb dogs, narcotics dogs, cadaver dogs as there is a new dog in town and this one catches pedophiles!