Labrador joins WA detector team

29 Nov, 2009 01:00 AM
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 Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman with quarantine labrador Jasper and Jasper's handler Leigh Sonnemann.
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman with quarantine labrador Jasper and Jasper's handler Leigh Sonnemann.

AGRICULTURE and Food Minister Terry Redman has welcomed a new and different recruit to Quarantine WA's dog detector team at the Perth Domestic Airport.

Three-and-a-half year old Jasper is Australia's first 'passive response' quarantine labrador to join the state's dog detector team, which includes five beagles.

Mr Redman said Jasper had an important responsibility in protecting WA's $13 billion agricultural and food industries from the threat of plant and animal pests and diseases.

"Jasper uses his acute sense of smell to detect a target odour on passengers and their luggage and then simply sits beside it to indicate a find," he said.

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