A shortage of bomb-sniffing dogs at the Democratic National Convention has prompted Boston to recruit canines from federal and state agencies, says the Boston Globe. “The magnitude of the event orders more dogs,” said police spokesman Kevin Foley. “There are so many venues to clear from time to time that week. The dog is only good for an hour or so, then it becomes fatigued, so we’ll need to bring in new dogs.” The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alone has a 100-dog canine unit. “If an unfortunate incident did occur, the units can be utilized in a post-blast situation to recover evidence,” said Chris Porreca, an ATF supervisor.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, canine units have become a more visible and important tool nationwide. The dogs travel wherever they are needed throughout the world, traveling with their handlers in airplane cabins and staying in their handlers’ hotel rooms. Bureau agent Mike Murray and his canine partner, Rugby, work out of the ATF’s Boston office. The two-year veterans train for various security scenarios ranging from crowded shopping malls to sporting and political events. “Our training is incredibly varied to ensure the dog will work with optimal performance when he gets to the field,” Murray said.