RENO, Nev. (KOLO) During regional training, a handgun is placed in the bushes for the Washoe County Sheriff's deputies to find.
“They aren't actually looking for guns, unless we are using an EOD dog to look for gunpowder. These dogs are looking for the last human scent,” says Sergeant Phil Jones with the K9 Unit.
It really is a matter of seconds for the dogs to find the handgun. Their reward is play.
Just last weekend, this unit found a handgun left behind after a commercial burglary near Mustang.
So acute is their sense of smell, the dogs are used in all kinds of crime fighting.
Murphy may be small spaniel, but as one of the narcotics K9s, he can find drugs hidden in a car just like the dogs twice his size.
To do their job, the dogs need harnesses, safety vests, goggles and other equipment. It costs more than $3,000 for each dog to have the proper equipment
To help defray the costs, 2019 calendars are on sale at various locations throughout town. Each month features a different dog. Last year the calendars nearly sold out. Requests came from everywhere.
“We've got them from oversees for military people, and certainly across the country,” says Jones.
This Christmas the team would like to sell out of the 2019 calendars. They find personal appearances help spur sales. That’s why they will be at Scraps this Sunday, December 9. The location is Mae Anne and Robb Drive in northwest Reno.
The team will be on hand to autograph the calendars. The dogs can leave paw prints on any page you like.
The special appearance will be at Scraps from 11:00 to 3:00pm. A free Christmas card featuring the dogs will be given with each purchase.
If you can’t make it to Scraps Sunday, place an order here..