A new service in Maryland is promising parents peace of mind by allowing them to essentially rent a drug-sniffing dog, reports the Baltimore Sun. For a fee of about $200 an hour, a trained canine will come to their house and sniff out narcotics. Anne Wills, who runs the nonprofit Dogs Finding Drugs, says parents are clamoring for the service and she expects business to “explode.” “I know that when my kids were growing up, every once in a while I’d have liked to know what they were doing,” says Wills. “The need is there.”
The firm also offers its services to companies and schools. Its dogs, which are all certified K-9s, can detect marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines, as well as prescription drugs with trace amounts of those narcotics. The dogs can also uncover guns and explosives. The rate is about $200 an hour – more or less depending on the circumstances and scale of the search. Michael Gimbel, the former “drug czar” for Baltimore County, is helping Wills promote the service, the first of its kind in the area, but one of a handful of similar programs that have popped up across the country in recent years.