New drug-sniffing dog learns tricks of the trade

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February 2, 2007

AIKEN, S.C.---They're the eyes and ears for police when drugs aren't in plain view...and today, Aiken Public Safety trained a K-9 to be the newest member of the team.

News 12 went to Spartanburg to see how Max is getting his street smarts to protect your family.

The animals are pretrained for three months, where they are exposed to different odors. Then they're given to their handlers for two weeks.

Max, who came to Aiken from Belgium, has been with his handler for a week so far. During the day's training, he sniffed out drugs Public Safety officers had planted in several cars around a junkyard.

His handler has been with the K-9 unit since 1997. He told News 12 the first few days were rough, but now they've established a bond.

Max is expected to start working the streets of Aiken on February 12.

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