Gun-Sniffing Dogs Will Patrol Tampa Bay Schools

CBS Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay-area school district has employed gun-sniffing dogs to patrol schools and alert authorities to firearms.

Beginning next week, the Labrador retrievers Macy and Roo will start making the rounds at Pinellas County Schools. The dogs can sniff-out shell casings and guns, even ones that haven’t been fired in years, and they can tell the difference between real firearms and toys or BB guns.

The dogs will survey each school at least twice during the academic year in addition to responding to rumors and threats, and they will be used at events such as high school football games.

“There have been very few instances where we’ve found guns on campus, but they’re becoming more prevalent in our society and every so often a student makes a wrong decision,” Superintendent Michael Grego said Wednesday at a news conference. “This is a really proactive and visual…

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