If you’ve ever tried to enter the United States with a suitcase full of Â coconuts, you may have been stopped by one of the friendly members of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Beagle Brigade.
Over 60 teams of Beagles serve 21 international airports, confiscating over 75,000 prohibited agricultural products each year. Trained in a special facility in Newnan, Georgia, the Beagles are either rescued from shelters or donated by their owners. Once they’ve been on the job for a year, the dogs have a 90% accuracy rate at locating prohibited items.
The offenders are usually clueless to the rules, so they are only given warnings and the item is confiscated. Citations are only issued is when it is obvious the person was trying to hide the item and meant harm.
Unlike most dogs, Beagles are able to categorize smells and are trained to alert their handlers to restricted items that could unknowingly transport insects or disease into the USA.
In honor of Happy Birthday Week, Lois Lane wanted to share these Beagles with you. They’re kind of like her dream team, and she’s their biggest groupie.
Have you ever seen the Beagle Brigade in an airport?