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Retired Detection Dog Bella | Contra Costa Co.

Handler Cecilie and Detection Dog Bella

On any given morning, Bella, the golden lab can be found nosing around Contra Costa County. Be it on a conveyor belt at FedEx in Concord or plowing through a pile of boxes at UPS in Richmond, Bella is always up for the task. Her job requires putting her best foot (nose) forward to sniff out packages sent through the mail containing fruits, vegetables and plant materials coming into California without labels identifying the contents. She will work tirelessly for four to five hours, motivated entirely by her love for dog biscuits and a willingness to please.

Source: "The Nose Knows" - CDFA's 2007 California Agricultural Resource Directory

Photo: Handler Cecilie Siegel and Detection Dog Bella

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Meet Dozer, Agriculture-Detector Dog

The latest weapon against pests threatening California’s $2 billion agriculture business is Dozer, a canine trained to sniff out fruit insects. (KCRA News) (3:32)

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