Cleo comes from the marine corps, who commonly use black labs as their bomb dogs. she came to North Carolina and Bill Saulle, the K-9 unit officer, knew she was the one.
"I loved her size, the breed, and her attitude when she came off was very laid back"
Shes a hard worker, and has quite the resume. She's five and a half and has done two missions in Iraq. Her ability to smell is an invaluable asset to any police force.
"Shes associated to thirteen or fourteen different explosive odors, including smokeless powders so she can also look for guns and firearms at crime scenes" states Officer Saulle.
Some typical uses are searches in post offices, storage facilities, and schools. She is also used around the Commonwealth in places that may not have a bomb dog. Cleo will be able to use her skills for years, and she was pretty cheap too.
"Typical bomb dog already trained costs anywhere from $8,000-$10,000. Cleo came to us as an adoption for free from the Marine Corps like I said before, and at the kennel we had to pay a $5 notary fee"
She's used to being off a leash, so a lot of her training is getting used to being on one. Drack, the previous bomb dog, will still be used in the coming months to help show Cleo the ropes, and give Cleo some time to get used to Virginia.